Recently, I had a conversation with a pastor in training. He is presently a student at a renowned Bible College. We had the rare opportunity of talking about working in ministry. After spending some time with him, I found out that he has a very deep conviction that God has called him into ministry but he has no idea what it was that God was calling him to actually do. His best understanding of ministry entails pastoring a church or leading a congregation; he desires to become one of the great examples of people in ministry known to him
Without doubt, most people desire work for God, to work with God, or even to work the works of God; but they actually may be lacking adequate knowledge of the kingdom of heaven that they are seeking to advance. In fact, many actually lack the understanding of what is expected of those who represent the kingdom. In fairness, many are still seeking to do significant things for the LORD, with much zeal; their ultimate desire is to see God magnified. However, working with God [not just for Him] implies doing the work, which had already been finished in Christ before the foundations of the earth , not accomplishing random feats for Him.
Working with God is a very delicate proposition because it will challenge everything that you have known and believed; it will change you totally, especially in this season wherein everything about working in God’s vineyard is challenged. Certainly, working with God is beyond what you do in service to your church communities, done with a sincere intent. It is squarely a posture of positioning to be who God desires you to be and to do whatever you find the LORD doing at every point in time. This simply means that it is possible to do so much activity in church or outside of it and not be working with God because working with God is taking responsibility for God’s kingdom, which may require an organization or not.
If you consider yourself working for God, you may want to review whether you are actually known to the LORD . You need to ascertain that your labor will not be in vain because too many people will do tremendous works on the LORD’s behalf but the LORD will reject them and their works. Working for the LORD is different from working with the LORD. Working for God entails being a vessel for executing God’s task; you can be this, even as an unsaved fellow – Cyrus in the Bible was an example; he did not know God but was appointed to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem . Working with God is becoming a stakeholder in God’s grand scheme of things, not just a laborer.
Working with the LORD is no longer more of doing ministries [ministrations from a few people to a large crowd of people], but more of having fellowship [ministering to each other, building up each other in Christ]. This is how discipleship is done; this models peoples’ lives after Christ. In the days ahead, only gatherings of saints that disciples people in this manner will thrive.
Therefore, if you are in any kind of ministry, you will have to prioritize the kingdom of God above all else. The objective is not to gather people into a church organization; it is to feed them with choice work of God and equip them until you become redundant by their maturity [in a good way]. Disciple them [not make them church members] so that they can go ahead to disciple other people, not just make church members of them. People should be added to the church after they are saved, not added while we are hoping that they will be saved; otherwise, the unsaved that joined the assemblies of saints will soon corrupt the whole assembly.
- JOHN 6:28, HEBREWS 4:3B
- LUKE 13:24-30
- ISAIAH 45:1-4