The Path to True Ministry – Thankfulness

The Path to True Ministry

Part One

THANKFULNESS

I thank Him who enabled me, Christ Jesus our Lord,
because He counted me faithful, appointing me to service”
1 Timothy 1:12

In this verse Paul the Apostle shares his heart with a young Timothy as to the foundation and truth of all genuine ministry. The Epistles to Timothy and Titus are expressions of a fatherly and love-laden soul. There is no hint in these epistles of Paul seeking to use these two precious ones to extend his own influence or to perpetuate his own ministry. Rather he seeks to bring them to the pinnacle of life: a walk of devotion with a singular reliance upon the life and approval of Christ alone. True and pure ministry, as presented in the New Covenant, is the fruit of our walk and obedience unto Jesus Christ. Paul does not refer to the giftings of the Holy Spirit, the variety of personalities, personal or intellectual abilities, or associations with other ministries, organizations or teachings. Paul’s presentation to Timothy concerning ministry is first and foremost infused with thankfulness. “I thank Him”! Why was this? Paul knew of his utter dependence on divine enablement to walk such a life! True recipients of grace are ever thankful and humbled by His great mercy. May God open our eyes to see that without the enablement of the Living Christ there can be no true ministration of the power of His Life. Without it men and women are reduced to powerless words, religious phrases, and vain expressions.

Jesus declared:

“He that speaketh of (or from)
himself seeketh his own glory…”
John 7:18

Thankfulness is the fruit of a life which knows its own unworthiness. Those who minister out of self, walk in a proud or haughty spirit (even though it may be clothed in a false humility), and carry a sense of entitlement. They “expect” to be treated differently. They consider themselves superior and reveal this in how they conduct themselves with others. The chief mark of a life called of God is humility. Humility is the foundation of all true authority. It is the revelation of one walking under God’s authority and it can only be expressed through the medium of obedience. In God only the humble can obey. (Titus 1:16)

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I thank Him who enabled me, Christ Jesus our Lord,
because He counted me faithful, appointing me to service”
1 Timothy 1:12

Let us read carefully and meditate upon the above scripture. By the grace and inspiration of the Holy Spirit allow His thoughts to invade and bring to us His Light to bear upon such words of Divine power.

Thought for Today – Conversion and Ministry

Thought for Today

Conversion and Ministry

“But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not:
and when thou art converted,
strengthen thy brethren.”
Luke 22:23

The depth of our conversion determines the divine enablement to strengthen our brothers and sisters. At times “our” faith falls short in the situation in which we find ourselves, and our seeing impacts our believing. It is in these times we discover our Great High Priest interceding for us; that which the enemy has meant for our destruction becomes the means to not only strengthen us but to enable us to love and pray for our brothers and sisters.

What He is to us we are to become to others.

There is a conversion and a transformation whereby we are freed from ourselves to strengthen and uphold others in the wisdom and grace of God.

Jesus did not pray to remove the situation in which Peter would fail. He prayed Peter through the failure so that he would become a ministration of Christ unto others.

As we go on in our journey, we will slowly discover that there is more grace in God to go through situations in life than there is to be delivered from them. Grace is given to strengthen us that we may in turn know how to strengthen others.

“The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned,
that I should know how to speak a word
in season to him that is weary”
Isaiah 50:4

Brian Troxel