I believe that everything we do in ministry should be led by the Holy Spirit, done only for God, and done with excellence for God. What I mean by that is this, in Proverbs 3:5 it says that we should lean not on our own understanding. We tend to lean more on our own giftings or our own selves because that’s safe and comfortable but I believe that God is calling us to lean on Him in everything we do. We should present excellence to God and then release that into His hands to make it better than we ever could.
To be led by the Holy Spirit in ministry means listening to Him before anyone or anything else. It means seeking to do His will alone and dying to our own will. It means being submitted and surrendered under His Lordship. I do believe it is important to seek wise counsel but I believe at the end of the day we should be listening to the flutter of the moth, the still small voice of Holy Spirit leading and guiding us. We can only hear if we have a peaceful, serene, and calm mind. We won’t be able to receive a message from the mind of our heavenly Father through the Holy Spirit if we are anxious, stressed, or too busy. In 1 Corinthians 2:10, Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit searches the depths of God and since the Holy Spirit lives in us God is constantly ministering to us by revealing His wisdom and revelation we need an open and serene mind to receive that revelation and be led by it!
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:31 that in whatever we do, we should do it all for the glory of God! I think that about summarizes my second point on doing everything in ministry for God. However, I want to elaborate more on this. In ministry, we should never seek to do anything for our glory. We should have a healthy fear of God that drives towards humility and submission to God. Our intentions should be to never do something seeking our own glory or recognition in the end. We should be Heaven minded and remember that whatever we do that’s not for the glory of God will be burned up. Even if we slip up and fail, we should have the humility to confess and again seek God’s glory in those moments. I believe that is a deep root for being in ministry.
Scripture should always be our roadmap in ministry. We should always be guided by the wisdom that we can receive from the scriptures. In 1 Peter 1:25, it says the word of God endures forever. The word of man is fleeting and in ministry, we should hold on to the everlasting word of God. The word of God is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Gods word provides illumination to walk a holy life without stumbling or falling. This also emphasizes a BIG need for a private devotional life. Without the Word of God, we are left in the dark, utterly lost. The Word of God is sharper than any 2 edged sword and is not only a light for us but a weapon when we need it! All in all, we desperately need the Word of God!
We should seek Godly counsel in all we do. We are not meant to live life alone and we are not meant to do ministry alone either. Jesus wasn’t a loner, He had his 3, His 12 and then the whole world. Not to say that Jesus was excluding others but He knew the importance of surrounding Himself with people that are honest, have Godly character, are full of integrity, and full of the fruits of the Spirit. Obviously, no-one is perfect, however, we should be wise enough to discern who is in our inner circle and who is speaking into our lives.
Ministry is not 9 to 5, it is 24/7. It is not what you do but why you do it. If you are intentional and truly care about the cause of Christ and seek to do God’s perfect will as you walk through ministry, I believe you will be blessed. I also believe that there is grace for those who may feel overwhelmed but as long as you have a true relationship with Christ, you will find a peace that surpasses all understanding. He will strengthen you on the days you feel weak and He will be your Standby when you are facing trials and your Shield when you are facing temptation. It is an honor to be called to ministry, but an even greater honor to serve my Lord.