We are looking at the necessary and proper motivations for ministry when you are a fivefold minister (Ephesians 4:11-12). The third motivation is that we must have the heart of a servant. We began looking at that in the previous blog… Let’s continue:
While Moses did not seek out leadership, when it was given to him, he accepted it from the Lord as God’s call on his life. Later, when Miriam and some others came to Moses and questioned his leadership, he did not relinquish his authority. He knew he had to fulfill God’s call and stand his ground, even interceding for them and telling them not to rebel against the Lord.
Public ministry cannot be seen as something to strive for. People often idolize the on-stage or up-front ministry and think, “If only I can make it to that level, I will be of value.” Certainly powerful ministry often happens up front, but I have seen God move just as powerfully in a small group in a room tucked away in the back of a restaurant or during one-on-one ministry. It is not the size of the group or the place in the building that limits God. It is our understanding and expectation that God is drawn to the fanfare of public ministry – or, worse still, to our public ministry. This limits the anointing and God.
Obviously there are different dynamics at work when there is a larger group meeting, but if we place our emphasis on the larger crowds, we are training people that the larger the crowd, the bigger and better the anointing. And that is seldom if ever the case.
God does not want to share His stage with anyone. We need to realize that our “private” anointing is just as important as our ministry in public. We need to sense the Lord’s presence when it is just us and the Lord without the crowd.
If fivefold ministers think that the best ministry happens on stage, it comes a platform or a place of performance where people will notice them. With a place of performance comes an evaluation or rating. We begin to ask questions such as, “Was it good?” “Did you like it?” We become more concerned with what we look like, how the people will receive us, and what the people are thinking. This is a trap.
Instead, our primary questions should be, “Was it God?” “Did it minister God’s heart to you?” “Was the message shared really what God wanted to communicate?”
Having the heart of a servant (Ministry motivation #3) means being willing to serve without recognition. Jesus said that even after we have done everything He has asked us to do, we have done nothing, really. Why? Because it is only what is our duty to do.
Luke 17:7-10 ““Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.”
Ministry is not a position to bring self-affirmation; it is a place of servanthood.