I had the privilege of attending the Atlanta Bible College graduation this week. How exciting to celebrate these men and women who have dedicated years of their life to learning at a special institution specifically designed to create disciples of Jesus – who know and use God’s Word. And, how exciting to think of these men and women going into ministry, in various forms, armed with their knowledge and experiences.
But, imagine the problems that would develop if we send them out into churches where they were expected to be the only ones ministering – the only ones caring for the church body, the only ones serving others as the hands and feet of Christ, the only ones showing love in a practical way in their community. This would be a recipe for disaster – and certain burn-out.
How exciting that no degree is needed for ministry….and in fact, it is expected from each one of us. God has already given gifts, talents and passions to each one of us so that we can minister to others! But it won’t get done if we aren’t living on purpose – making it a priority to seek out ways to serve.
We are by nature selfish people who like to be served. We are by nature prideful people who want to be recognized for our greatness. Jesus knew that when he gave his disciples these instructions: “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28).
How will you give your life to others today – on purpose?