The Essence of Ministry 

Welcome to March.

This post was originally scheduled to go out in January but well, it was overtaken by events.

In  January,   I resumed Sunday teaching after a six month hiatus.  My team was overjoyed.

I enjoyed myself. I had missed my class and most importantly I had missed the learning moments from those class interactions.

True to form, as I sat in service one of the sundays,  a very common verse of scripture hit me in an entirely new way.

Read with me: ‘So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the prophets and teachers to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach the unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ ‘- Ephesians 4:11-13

I read this passage and my eyes popped. 

Listen, Child of God,  your ministry is not about your title, your eloquent speaking, your depth of understanding and the level of your anointing.  

Your ministry gift has one essence,  one goal- and it is not to prove that you are anointed or designed to create an heirachy for the church.

You gift is given to you so that in deploying it, you can prepare others to serve, thereby promoting the oneness of the church and all round maturity.

If you are in ministry and you are still the only one with the answers to all the spiritual questions, Sir, What are you doing?

If you are in ministry and you’re spending more time defending the church heirachy than you are teaching and helping disciples grow, Ma, what are you up to?

If you’re in ministry and your ‘anointing’ tears people down more than it builds them up, hmm, I can’t help you.

The essence of ministry is to build people up to maturity in the faith- everything else is secondary.

Check your ministry. Is it confirming to the essence of ministry or has the focus shifted to the mere running of the organisation we now call the church?

May we not miss the essence of ministry in the midst of all the activity.

I am re-examining my ministry priorities as we commence a new year. 

Who’s With Me?

Tobiloba 

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You Will Not Smell of Smoke

I was in church as a Sunday School student today,  it was a very welcome change.

As the lesson on faith was going on, we read from the book of Daniel 3. 

We didn’t read the whole chapter, but as the day progressed and I commuted with God throughout the day, lifting up my heaviness, I heard Him say to me, ‘You will not smell of smoke’. 

The Holy Spirit immediately sent me back to scripture. Read with me: ‘The Kings satraps, governors, mayors and advisers gathered around the three men. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies. The hair on their head wasn’t singed, their clothes weren’t burnt and they didn’t smell of smoke’- Daniel 3:27.

If you’ve been holding on to your faith in God and his word, you’ve prayed and nothing seems to be changing, if the conspiracies against you seem to be gaining ground and you’re at the point where it seems like it’s deny God or drown, guess what I have learned?

God is able to make you go through the fire and come out without smelling of smoke.  

You will go through the fire- no doubt, Christianity does not exempt us from trials but the trials will not consume you. 

You will come out on the other side of those trials and no one will ever believe you went through them.

No matter what the devil throws at your faith this year, you will not smell of smoke.

I will not smell of smoke.

Who’s  With Me?

Tobiloba