A couple of days ago, the Holy Spirit said to me that there is no packaged ministry in all true sense. I was dazed at His statement and paused for a while as He said: “When we package the ministry for the world, to make it comfortable, it’s okay. But when ministry becomes packaged for the brethren to feel comfortable, express their pride, feel among a certain class, then we do a wrong thing.”
And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
Luke 22:25-26 KJV
True ministry breaks everyone to becoming servants. There’s no boss or lord in ministry. When active servitude begins to become history in your ministry, you’re beginning to do a wrong thing.
Ministry is from the Greek word, _diakonia_ which means to serve as a waiter. In the kingdom, we take orders from God and respond to God’s people according to the instructions He gives.
Everyone who receives Christ and is growing of the Spirit naturally becomes broken and humble to serve. As a matter of fact, this is one of the earliest things that you find when people are maturing in the Spirit of Christ.
I remember so many years ago, while we were putting up one of our structures in the earlier years of ministry, how my leaders and I were ready to partake firsthand to ensure that the building was completed before its due date. It was so much joy and fun to serve. We counted it a huge privilege to do that for the Lord. We were servant-leaders indeed.
Don’t treat the Lord’s work like your business place. You can be the boss at work, but in the kingdom, if you want to be the ‘boss’, then be ready to serve. That’s the true Spirit of Christ that works in an individual.
Ministry is not all about packaging nicely; be ready to do any dirty job – go on the streets and win souls. Unfortunately, today’s Church try all they can to make the people comfortable and not impress upon them the need to grow by the Spirit and what servitude entails.
So, we can impress the unbelievers that are coming in, but as we grow in Christ, we ought not to seek to impress but to be the ones doing everything within our capacity to make the Church comfortable and make the doctrines of Christ make sense before people. But all these will never work if you try to organize Christianity of the flesh. It will only work when you’re driven of the Spirit.
When people are growing in the Spirit, they naturally come to understand servitude and know that they’re in ministry to serve and not to Lord. So, in the place where you can’t tell who the boss is, everyone is equal before God as concerning the job and then we only have positions of the Lord based on our labour.
If ministry cannot make you a servant, then you’re not doing it rightly and you’re not a proper Christian because Christianity will make you a servant.
And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
Acts 4:32 KJV
When we have camp meetings, everyone does what they should and every social status is pended. You can’t tell who a bank manager or doctor is amongst us. No one seeks special treatment or consideration. That’s the joy and the sweetness of true Christianity.
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
James 4:6 KJV
We create our comfort and not expecting someone to create comfort in the Church for us to enjoy. We create comfort for others while we bear the pain of Christ.
Paul constantly went through the sufferings for the brethren’s comfort. Through the Spirit, those sufferings become an enjoyable experience because of the joy that souls are thriving comfortably because of your sacrifice and service.
The Holy Spirit takes us through the process, nicely. Of course, if Jesus had gone through the cross by physical strength alone, He would have given up. But His love for God by the drive of the Spirit, was a remarkable anchor. That’s why He prayed in Gethsemane after He had speculated how much pain He was to bear.
When He was done praying, an angel ministered unto Him. What was the angel doing? Strengthening Him for what He had to go through.
I’m not trying to get you scared when I speak of suffering. I’m not talking about being poor, but depriving yourself of certain things and labouring vehemently for the gospel to make things happen.
Romans 8:18 says, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” There’s so much beauty to be revealed if only we can go through the process for the sake of the gospel.
Pastor Preston Idoro.