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Ministry is a Work of God

The work of church planting is both exciting and discouraging. One day, you’re seeing brand new people come to faith and getting baptized. The next day, you’re holding a bible study and no one shows up.

The mission God gives people that are a part of new churches is big. We have to meet people, gather them together, and see a team of leaders grow. Sometimes, it feels impossible.

We are not the first one to get an impossible mission though. Jesus gave an impossible mission to his disciples. Their mission must have felt impossible. They were going to be witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). They were going to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). They were going to do even greater things than Jesus (John 14:12-14).

With all that stuff to do, it is both fascinating and instructive that the first order of business was to wait. Wait until God sends His Holy Spirit to empower them (Acts 1:4-5). The mission God had given them was just too big.

It was going to be a work of God.

The growth of the Church wasn’t a work of human ingenuity, eloquent speeches, ingenious marketing, or clever leadership. The Holy Spirit came in power, with signs, wonders, and spiritual gifts that were impossible to deny.

We won’t have to struggle to get people excited to come to a group or a service if the Holy Spirit is present. Churches won’t grow by coercion. They won’t grow by sweet websites, sexy flyers, and the perfect worship service. They will grow by a work of the Holy Spirit. The work of God is so important that the apostles were called to wait for it.

As the Church, do we do our work as if we believe it is God’s job to provide increase? Do we really believe it is God’s work and not ours?

God doesn’t share the glory. And he isn’t impressed by gimmicks to get a lot of people to walk into a service. He is impressed by hearts devoted to him and lives lived in the power of the Holy Spirit, operating in their spiritual gifts, overcoming sin and drawing others into fellowship with the Trinity.

Father, help us to walk in the realization that ministry is your work. It is a work of God.

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4 Responses

  1. One of your best blogs. Love you

  2. This is one of the many things we need to be continually reminded of, especially in American culture. Much Love!

  3. OMG I love these words…..All Church could take a lead from you James! It is not gimmicks that bring or keep people at a church. I am praying for you daily I have just added you to my prayer list! God will bring the harvest to the man who waits for Him! Y\The harvest will be God’s work James and you will bring Glory to God!! Blessings!

    Robin Nicoles

  4. Much wisdom here. As we toil, there is much comfort in remembering the harvest comes through the work of the Holy Spirit.

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