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 

Made Competent

In the last few weeks since I’ve been off blogosphere, I have had my competence as a teacher of God’s word question, my faith put under the microscope and I have been told in so many words that I have no right to teach on certain topics because I have no experience or certifications in that area.

in His usual  no nonsense but very calm way, The Holy Spirit enabled me to answer the people who questioned my competence with a wisdom they could not refute.

To be honest however, for the first time, the questioning got to me. I started to doubt myself, doubt my competence and question my right to even teach God’s word.

If your jaw just dropped, pick it of the floor, I’m spiritual o but I’m still 100% human.

However God had me and he showed me something from a very common scripture. I don’t know how I never saw it considering how many times I quote the other half of that scripture in a week.

Read with me: ‘ He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.’ – 2 Corinthians 3:6

Can you see it yet?

Listen. It is God who makes you competent,not experience or certifications or tenure or the number of years you’ve been in church.

Your competence to be a minister of God in whatever capacity you have been called to serve is given to you by God and not any man, experience or tenure.

When next your competence is called into question based any of those flimsy grounds like lack of experience, remember to tell them and more importantly tell yourself that God has made you a competent minister of the new covenant.

Any person that has an issue with that should take it up with God.

Enough of second guessing my competence for God’s call.

Who’s with me?

Tobiloba.