KEY SCRIPTURE: John 3:34 KJV” For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.”
Apostle John made a very important statement concerning those who God sends on a mission. (The person he referred to in his statement, was the Lord Jesus, yet we have something to learn from it)
He said two main things about those God sends.
1. They speak the words of God
2. They are filled with the Holy Spirit.
These two points are very fundamental yet are the areas that many may find wanting.
Whosoever God sends receives specific message for the people he has been sent to.
He also needs the enabling of the Spirit to fully give out what the Lord has given him.
The real work of God is not about doing something for God, but to find out what God has asked you to do, and then doing it.
It therefore demands that, your first task as a servant or one God has called to fulfill his work, is to be with Him so you may know what He is asking you to do. The Lord Jesus put it this way. Joh 15:4 KJV” Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me”. The Lord is our source and our life.
It is out of what we have received from Him that we send to those He asks us to speak to.
The scriptures present this point clearly in Mark 3:14.” And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,” To speak the words of God we must receive of His words.
The servant of God needs to spend time studying the word of God and praying in the presence of God to be ready to give out what God has given him. Failure in ministry is when the servant of God fails in his ministry unto the Father.
Many servants of God feel they are wasting time when studying praying, or even meditating on the word. They feel they must get out there and get busy doing the work of God. Please the real work of God is your time in His presence.
The overflow of your fellowship with the Lord is the ministry to the people of God. It is only in this way that you are able to give the words of God and also receive the fulness of the Spirit for true impact. Never make the mistake of loving to always go out there to do something.
The question is, who asked you to do what you are doing?
THOUGHT: MINISTRY IS FIRST, TIME WITH THE LORD, AND SECONDLY, SERVICE UNTO THE PEOPLE
Acts 20:28 KJV “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
Acts 13:2 KJV” As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”