In this generation, many leaders are ignoring the most important aspect of their ministry. To the extent that we miss this, the church suffers.
This concept was well known by the apostles in the early church. It was something they wrestled with.
So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.”
They literally said that it would not be right for them to leave the Word of God. There was a ministry that needed to be done, yet was being neglected. How often do pastors scoop up those things without a second thought? After all, there’s no one else to do them.
This is a question that needs to be answered in Christian circles. It causes so much strife. Church people think it’s the pastor’s job to do everything. Yet in doing these jobs, that the church people are supposed to do, the leadership is missing the very things that would cause growth.
That’s one of the hardest issues to resolve in church ministry. Does a minister choose to please God or men? You may think that’s an easy choice. But, as someone who’s been there, I can tell you that it’s an unyielding pressure.
The congregation that pays your salary wants to see you working in the church. Many times prayer and seeking God are seen as “slacking off.”
“Pastor, you need to do more around here.”
All the while we ignore the fact that it’s the church member that’s called by God to do the “nuts and bolts” of the ministry.
“Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
The apostles came to the conclusion that it was more beneficial for them to be constantly diligent toward prayer and serving the Word. That’s the choice. Serving tables, doing all the things not getting done by those who should be doing it, or serving the Word.
Being a servant to the Word of God is our greatest calling. That means listening, hearing, and obeying the Word of God spoken to us. This is the most important aspect of ministry and must not be ignored.
Question: How much of your work for God is doing what God has spoken to you?
© Nick Zaccardi 2014