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Serving in Ministry through Our Weakness

As teachers and leaders of God’s people, we are expected to live up to a higher standard of character and integrity. One of the ways in which we develop character in ministry is in the area of personal openness and vulnerability.

There is a natural human tendency to place spiritual leaders on a pedestal and think of us more highly than they ought. This is dangerous for the leader as well as for those who follow the leader. One dangers is that it can create a wall between a leader and the layman. The truth is that all leaders are just as prone to sin as everyone else. Another danger is that when a leader is placed on a pedestal, it is difficult to meet up to many social expectations. Therefore, people may be setting leaders up for failure.

Embrace weakness, for in our weakness, Christ’s strength shines.
“9 Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10, ESV)

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Serve in Transparency

What we practice in secret will eventually be revealed before everyone.
1. Admit the those areas of temptations where you are weakest and prone to fall into sin.
2. Ask for others to pray for you.
3. Be accountable to a brother or sister who will have the guts to call you out in the most direct and loving way.
Serve in Openness
Open yourself up to people, don’t close yourself off from them.

“26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29, ESV)

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2014 in Uncategorized