November 24, 2019
A Servanthood Ministry
The church has to grow in 3 dimensions
– spiritually, numerically, geographically
Anything that you do becomes dry without the presence of God.
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”
Philippians 3:12 NKJV
Your identity is not a slave nor a servant but a SON of God. However, when we enter ministry we serve Him with all humility as a born servant of God.
1. Paul could be proud of his calling
Paul did not come into ministry through another person, Jesus personally and specifically revealed himself to Paul and called him to salvation.
2. Paul could be proud of his credentials
Paul had great credentials in terms of intellectual and philosophical knowledge. However, over all these things he was only proud for one thing and that was the salvation Jesus had given Him.
We are all the same in the house of God. We are saved by the same God, washed by the same blood and blessed by the same God. We cannot bring our credentials to worship the presence of God.
The same blood that forgave your sins is the same blood that forgave your neighbour.
The only thing we can be proud about is the blood that washes us clean.
When we enter the presence of God, we leave our credentials, our wealth, our qualifications at the door. In the presence of God, the only thing we have is the blood of Jesus.
3. Paul could be proud of his ministry
Paul’s ministry went through powerful experiences and miracles.
Despite ALL his great achievements, Paul says in verse 12 that he has attained nothing and is pressing towards the the greater purpose Jesus has for him.
Never bask in the glory of your past
Stop dwelling in the miracles and encounters of the past. What about NOW?
There is no retirement in the ministry. We are to dwell in the presence of God until the day we are called home.
We need to stop looking at our past achievements and say that we have attained nothing that we may focus on the calling God has over our life without getting distracted by the titles, praises and exaggerations.
Titles doesn’t bring revival
Education doesn’t bring revival
Give thanks to God for what He has given you but there is no need to show it around.
Be real in the presence of God.
God uses us as we are and raises us up but all we can boast about is in the cross. God is not interested in your glory but rather in having a vessel He can use.
“Blessed is the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 5:3 NKJV
The greatness of ministry is not in the title but in the willingness to serve Him.
Our spirit is always rich (satisfied) but our flesh is always poor – meaning our flesh never seems to never have enough.
Verse 3 says that it is blessed to be poor in spirit, meaning we are never satisfied with the spiritual presence of God and constantly want more.
The ONLY thing we can bring to heaven is the souls we have impacted.
Nowhere in the bible did Abraham pray for riches, yet he was the among the richest in the bible.
Your solution is not a miracle, your solution is coming to Jesus.