John 10:32-33 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
We must help Sons and Daughters of God not persecute other Sons and Daughters of God. When one of them dares rise up with Christ-like ministry, other children of God start throwing rocks! Ouch!
Ministers: this must not be! Have we not raised them better? We must help our flocks see that there is nothing wrong with being a full fledged adult Child of the King, in action ministering to the world around us.
Full of the same Holy Spirit about our Father's business... will they not be instant targets just like Christ was? Let us protect and encourage them at every corner. Help them by instructing others to pick up love and kindness, but never rocks.
Let us pray for our Heavenly Father raise up more Christ-like laborers. Let us pray for the laborers to see themselves in even more of the glorious fullness of Christ.
Let us reduce the kind of persecution Christ suffered. It's okay to be Christ-like.
Meditation: 1 John 4:17 ...As He is, so are We in this world.
Ephesians 4:11-12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
As ministers we must be sensitive in our spirit to our role in the work of the ministry. What has God called you to do? What has the Spirit of God spoken to you when you were not even trying to think about it?
Don't try to be anything except what He has spoken to you. As your life progresses be quick to obey the voice of God within you. This is of extra importance in the area of taking roles within the Church.
Has God called you to teach? Then be a teacher. Preach? Then be a preacher. Pastor? Evangelist? Then by all means be one.
Too many times men have gotten a general idea to preach and then forced themselves into the most ego gratifying role available. Most of the time Pastor is an easy pick. A few more take it a step further and say well Apostles appoint Pastors so I'm going to be known as Apostle Bob.
There is nothing wrong with God calling you to be a Pastor or an Apostle. But let God do the picking and have enough inner strength to not assume anything one way or the other.
Do you have the humility to appoint the full responsibilities of Pastor to someone else if God leads you that direction? When my wife and I were started Faith in Action Ministries, I never felt a specific call to be Pastor of the organization. She did so I had to let go of the natural tenancy to appoint myself as Lead Pastor. I stepped out of the way and let God give that to her.
It takes a bigger person to give power than to take it. Believe me! You will have to remind yourself of this because it is not comfortable to do the unconventional thing. Great is your reward when you do exactly what God has spoken to your heart.
Meditation: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38
Doesn't that apply to the tithe? Yes, and even harder than giving of our money and time... sometimes the more difficult thing to give is position.
Matthew 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.
Ministers ask yourself the question - what is their faith in? Are they like the Centurion and will receive a miracle by you speaking to their situation from afar? Do they need to touch something - like the woman with the issue of blood who pressed through the crowd to touch His garment?
Your faith is in being like the Master. Your faith is in knowing what they have faith in like Jesus did. You have the Holy Spirit inside you, so ask Him how to connect with what they have faith in.
If they need a touch, then get that touch to them. If they believe in healing clothes, then get them a cloth. If they can hear the Word and be healed without any physical contact, then speak the Word to them.
Never make fun of the method that they require. Faith is a precious thing. The worst situation is always where they have decided that nothing can help them. Being blocked from helping them all together is not a good feeling. The method that they have chosen is what we will give them if at all possible.
Be creative with meeting them where their faith is at. Be Christ-like.
Meditation: What will you like that I do for you? As your faith is so be it unto you.
See yourself saying what the Master said.