Truly Effective Ministry & Discipleship
Updated: Nov 21, 2022
How often do you go to God to check in How you're doing in your respective ministries (churches, blogs, podcasts, social media posts, YouTube channels, etc)?
How do you know you're doing what God has called you to do?
Do you base your effectiveness on the people responding or on God?
In the Scripture, when Yeshua was restoring Peter, He asked him, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”
And only when Peter responded in the affirmative did Yeshua say “Feed My lambs.” John 21:15
What are we to take from that? While there are many lessons that can be gained from this, what stands out to me is the primary love and accountability that one must have to The Lord. We have to be God-focused when it comes to ministry--- not people-focused.
The needs of the people should not determine your ministry. But what God desires the people to be given should determine your ministry.
I see so many ministries respond to the "needs" of the community. But are they preaching the power of God? Many not at all. They want people to see how much "love" they show, so as to win their trust. And even in doing that, MANY STILL REFUSE to preach on the power of God. So the people have their physical needs met, but still have little or no faith IN GOD.
Effective Discipleship is now measured by men, and not Christ. And that's dangerous. How do you know what God wants the people to have? Do you assume it?
Effective ministry and discipleship is a work of The Spirit, moved by The Spirit, approved by The Spirit, and graded/judged by The Spirit. And the best evidence of this is what The Lord has John to write in salutation to each letter to the seven churches (of The Book of Revelation)... "He who has ears, let him hear what THE SPIRIT says to the churches." That's an "Everyone is accountable to The Holy Ghost" admonition.