March 5, 2010

The Key To Success In Ministry

" I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to." - Acts 13:22

"In everything he did he had success, because the Lord was with him."
- I Samuel 18:14

What is the key to success in serving the Lord ? Is it education ? Experience ? Training ? Creativity ? Biblical knowledge ? Sincerity ? Something else ? All of these things are important, but if you study God's Word you will see that one thing is far more important than anything else. God Himself is THE source of success; that is success in terms of eternal fruit that brings glory to God. And if God is the source of success, then our relationship with Him becomes the most important part of our lives. Walking closely with God is by far the most important key to experiencing His power and victory and success in ministry. Like Jesus said, without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). We need to continually work on our fellowship and relationship with the Lord, not just on our ministry for Him. Having a passion for God and for having close fellowship is vital.

In the ministry of reaching those who are without Christ and making true disciples, God and His power are everything. Without Him we are powerless to do anything, and we will never experience success and victories in winning people for Jesus. When we try to do God's work and share the Gospel of Jesus in our own abilities, or with clever or convincing speech, or with clever strategies, or by using human wisdom, we will fail. HE is our success; our fruitfulness; our power; our competence; our ability; our victory:

"Such confidence is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. HE has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant..." - 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

"The Lord's hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord." - Acts 11:21


Karen said...

Amen and Amen.Very touching blog.I will continue to follow you as you do Goods wii.....may He be with you

Kevin Bart said...

Karen, thanks so much for visiting our blog and for your encouraging comments. Please pray that God will use us to reach many people for Jesus, for His glory. Take care and God bless you.