4 Building Blocks for Successful Discipleship-part 4-Bring the Word

We have finally arrived at our final of four building blocks to successful discipleship among women- Bring the Word. If you want to get caught up on the entire discipleship series, here it is:

  1. Invest
  2. Invest-part 2
  3. 4 Building Blocks to Successful Discipleship-part 1-Be an Example
  4. Part 2-Build the Relationship
  5. Part 3-Bearing the Burdens

Our call to invest in other women is found in Titus 2:3~The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; By being an example of godliness, building a solid relationship, and bearing their burdens through prayer, your presence, and pointing them to Christ, we create a framework for reproducing disciples who will be disciple-makers themselves. But there is one crucial piece that must be in place for our discipleship to be like Jesus’.

We must teach them the word!

Women of all ages need to know the word of God.  The more we know the word of God, the more we know God himself. The more we know God, the more we love him.  The more we love him, the more glory we bring to his name, and that is our sole purpose in life.

A teacher of good things instructs her disciples in sound doctrine.  To teach it you must know it, so that means you’ll have to study!  Bible study can be intimidating so this post is to equip you to study your bible and confidently teach the younger women in your sphere of influence.

Bible study can be simplified down to three key components:

  1. Comprehension– which answers the question “What does the text say?”
  2. Interpretation– which answers the question “What does it mean?”
  3. Applicationwhich answers the question “How should this truth change my life?”.

When I go through this process in my bible study time, I break it down, build it back up, and then I’m ready to bring the word.

Break it Down- If bible study seems like an overwhelming task and you don’t know where to start, just follow these tips:

  1. Pray over the passage- Pray for the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth and for sweet fellowship with the Lord as you study his word. James 1:5- If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. Pray all the way through to the teaching of the findings of your study.
  2. Ponder on the passage- Joshua 1:8-This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Read the passage several times. Be thinking on it, mulling it over, letting the word of God saturate your mind. Familiarize yourself with the passage.
  3. Pick apart the passage- To help with comprehension, you need to write down the details. (You could use these worksheets.)
  • Make general observations
  • Ask questions-who is the author, who are they writing to, what is the thrust, what can I learn about God, what did this mean in the time it was written, when was it written, where does it take place, why is this book/chapter/passage/verse important? How does this fit into the theme of the bible as a whole?
  • What biblical principles are clearly evident?
  • What is the context of the passage?
  • What are the keys in the passage-key people, places, words, phrases, or doctrines?
  • What is the passage literally saying?
  • Are there any words to define?
  • Do word studies.

So after you have prayed about and pondered on the passage, you pick it apart, do your research, and then you need to:

Build it Back Up- 

  1. Compare scripture with scripture, and write out the cross references. The bible defines itself, so use a concordance or a bible app to find every reference and read them to get a better understanding of the text.
  2. Consult commentaries, authors, preachers, and teachers for their interpretation. They are helpful to bring understanding. But, they should come after you have done all of your own work with the text. Just because it’s easier doesn’t mean it’s better. You have the Holy Spirit inside you, he is your Teacher, let him teach you!  The more time you spend personally laboring over the scriptures, the more you will understand them, the more you will glean from them, and the more you will appreciate them.

~2Timothy 2:15~ Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

3. Compile all of your research into an outline. You’re basically just synthesizing and organizing your notes. You pull all your material together and then you need to:

  • Personally apply the truth you discovered- Don’t teach what you don’t live. Jesus gives a scathing sermon about the scribes and the Pharisees in Matthew 23:1-33. Jesus warned his disciples and the multitude not to pattern their lives after them because they were all talk with no action.  He said they did all their works to be seen of men. They loved their titles and privilege, and looked down on the rest of the people in their pride and arrogance.  He calls them hypocrites 7 times in this passage alone.

It’s a warning for us as much as it was for them.  Live what you teach.  Don’t be a hypocrite. That’s an actor, or a pretender, just playing a part.  Before you impart to another person the truth you have studied out, make sure you ask the Lord to show you how you can apply that truth to your own life.

After you have pulled it all back together and you have personally applied it, you are ready to bring the word.

Bring the Word

  1. Present it prayerfully- Always be prayed up and in the Spirit before you meet with a disciple. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and let him guide you to the truth she needs to hear.
  2. Present it pleasantly- No matter what issue your disciple has, the word of God addresses it.  Aged women must instruct with wisdom, and understanding, and speak pleasantly. When teaching good things that are controversial like submission, or uncomfortable like purity, delivery is everything! To bring the word without offending or alienating your disciple, use discretion and discernment, and balance truth with grace like Jesus did.
  3. Present it purposefully- Don’t teach to unload all you know about a subject or to elevate yourself as wiser than her, or for your own glory. The purpose for teaching other women the bible is to help them grow in their faith, wisdom, character, and ministry, and to bring God glory.

As ambassadors for Christ and ministers of reconciliation, it is our responsibility to give out the life giving truths of the bible. To be a teacher of good things, you have to know the good things you are to teach.  Those things are the beautiful, precious treasures of the bible, brought out to you by the Holy Spirit as you diligently study.

Break it down, build it back up, and bring the word prayerfully, pleasantly, and purposefully, to train up the next generation of women’s ministry leaders, godly wives and mothers, and teachers of good things.

4 Building Blocks for Successful Discipleship-part 3-Bearing the Burdens

This installment in the Invest series is the third building block for successful discipleship- bearing the burdens. The first installment was simply titled Invest , the second was Invest-part 2, the third was 4 Building Blocks to Successful Discipleship-part 1-Be an Example, and the fourth was part 2-Build the Relationship.

I’m definitely not an expert on the subject, I don’t have it all figured out, and I have so much to learn.  The tips and tools I’m sharing in this bible study series on biblical discipleship have been born out of a lot of mistakes and failures, and a few successes.

Everything is a learning experience if you let it be.  Discipleship thus far has been a blessing, even when it was heartbreaking and hard.

~Galatians 6:2~ Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Bear means to carry, to take up, to lift off of someone.  A burden is heaviness, weight, trouble, and a load.  Some examples of things that commonly weigh women down are:

  • Finances
  • Relationships
  • Emotions
  • Work/school/sports
  • Sin

So far the blog post that has gotten the most comments on is From Worry to Worship~ Shifting your focus from the “What ifs” to “What is”.  A lot of women carry that burden of worry on their shoulders and need the help of a sober minded woman to learn how to turn that worry into worship.  

Bearing the burdens in discipleship is:

CounselingDiscipleship is a lot of counseling. Yes, you are teaching them the word of God, and training them how to walk with God, but you are also walking beside them as they go through life.

The two main things to remember when counseling:

  • Listen more than you speak- Proverbs 18:13~ He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.  Don’t try to give counsel before hearing what is exactly going on in their lives.  Let them share what’s on their heart.  Ask questions to get to what the real burden is.  That is one way you’re going to lift that off of them.

~Proverbs 17:28~ Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

There’s a time to give advice, and there’s a time to just listen.

Think of the example of Job’s friends when he lost everything.  They sat silent and mourned with him for the first seven days (Job 2:11-13).  Then Job finally speaks of his misery and in chapter 4:2, Eliphaz says “who can withhold himself from speaking?” and begins to let Job know why he thinks Job’s in that predicament.

A lot of what these friends said to him was truth, but not true of Job’s situation, nor was it necessary or helpful.  They didn’t have the knowledge that Satan was tempting Job to blaspheme God.  We don’t have full knowledge of everything going on in another woman’s life either, so run it through that filter- is it kind, helpful or necessary?

  • Leave them with wise counsel- They really don’t need our opinion, or advice, they need help bearing those burdens with counsel from the word of God. Proverbs 19:21~ There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

This is where being familiar with your bible is essential. You need to know the scriptures that address the specific burden they have.

You may feel ill-equipped to do this.  I’m going to help get tools in your hand to be able to be more confident in this area, by providing a how to study the bible series in the future.  But you have to remember that in that position of feeling inadequate to minister to someone else, is exactly where God wants you.

Rely on the Holy Spirit’s leading. He knows exactly what they need to hear, so if you are in tune with the Spirit and following his direction, you’ll be giving wise counsel.  Before every discipleship session or before you answer any text or phone call, pray that the Spirit would give you direction.

If it’s a situation that’s pretty serious and over your head, don’t be ashamed to tell them that.  Direct them to your trusted counselor or someone you know has a testimony of godliness and wisdom that could help.  We don’t have all the answers, but God’s word does and he has placed skilled counselors within the body for this exact reason.

So prayerfully, and with the Spirit’s leading, share with them wise counsel from the word or help them get the help they need.  The next key component to bearing burdens is to have:

Compassion

  • Love them like Jesus- My favorite example of having compassion is the story Jesus tells in Luke 10:25-37, about the good Samaritan. He had compassion on him, dressed his wounds, gave him his ride, took care of him, and provided for his financial need to get the recuperation he needed.

To fulfill the law of Christ is to love your neighbor as yourself, like the good Samaritan did. Sometimes we need to help bear their burdens physically by providing material needs to help lift their financial burden a little.  Maybe we need to babysit for them to give them a little break.  Or go to the funeral when their loved one dies.  Organize meals for them when they need it.

~1Peter 3:8~ Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.     

  • Lead them to the Lord-  Matthew 11:28-30- Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  Some people are carrying around a burden of guilt, shame, and sin, and need to be brought to the Lord for salvation.

Sharing the good news of the gospel lifts those burdens. That’s loving them, and having compassion and care for their soul.

Casting those cares on Christ

  • Lift them to the Lord- Pray for them! Jesus is really the one who bears all of our burdens.  We can’t hang on to them, we have to lift them off of our disciple or friend, and lift them right up to Jesus.

Lift them up to the throne of grace so they can obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. You may be the only one praying for them.

  • Lead them to the throne- In the last point you are praying, in this one you teach them how to do it themselves. Always be setting the example for your disciple and training them how to walk through the trials of life with the Lord.Teach them how to cast their cares on Christ, so they will eventually go straight to him to bear their burdens instead of to you.

When we bear the burdens in discipleship by counseling, with compassion, and casting the cares on Christ, we minister in a way that changes lives. When we minister like Jesus did, we can know the blessing of fruit that remains.

~Romans 15:1~ We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Ditch the Distractions and Delight in the Lord

Well it’s day two of the new year and I finally have my #oneword. Like several of you I’ve decided to forgo resolutions and focus on just one word for the year.  After much prayer, and several applicable and awesome words, I finally settled on the best word for me in this season of life, and that is delight.

I chose delight because it’s the one word that God kept bringing me back to over and over again.  More than anything else, I desire to bring God glory with my life. One way to ensure that I do that, is to delight in Him.

~Psalm 37:4~ Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

According to blueletterbible.org delight means to be happy about, and take exquisite delight in.  Merriam-Webster defines delight as a high degree of gratification or pleasure, joy, and extreme satisfaction.

The Lord wants us to find happiness, gratification, pleasure, joy, and extreme satisfaction in Him.  Not in food, family, or friends, but in fellowship with Him.

He wants us to go to the source, to be filled to overflowing so we have everything we need to pour out on those he’s entrusted us with ministering to.

The word delight is found in 50 verses in the KJV.  Some of my favorites are:

  • Psalm 94:19~ In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.  When we’re overcome with worry and have runaway thoughts, it’s helpful to talk it out with friends or family, but only the Lord and his word can bring true peace of mind and pleasure of soul.
  • Psalm 119:16~ I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. Instead of turning to my phone or to-do list, I need to remember to put time in reading and studying the word first. I just read a blog post by Gretchen Saffles from Well Watered Women about putting the #wordbeforeworld.  You can read it here: http://wellwateredwomen.com/blog/i-resolve-2018-wordbeforeworld
  • Song of Solomon 2:3~ As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons.  I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.  Instead of looking for satisfaction elsewhere, I need to sit under the shadow of my Savior who satisfies my soul with his affection, shades me from the heat of affliction, and sweetens my heart with his attention.

Delight isn’t just for us, there are a few places that delight pertains to the Lord.  Here are a few:

  • Proverbs 11:1~ A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.  The Lord delights in fairness and justice, as he is a just Judge. He gets great pleasure from us doing the right thing, and maintaining a proper balance in life.
  • Proverbs 12:22~ Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.  I had my kids memorize this verse early on, as their natural sinful tendency is to lie to keep themselves out of trouble.  Instead of confessing their wrongdoing, they would hide it or blame their siblings.  It’s not just important for our kids to know this verse though.  We need to deal truly in life, and be honest with ourselves and others. Prov. 28:13, 1John 1:9.
  • 1Samuel 15:22-23~ And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.  Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.  The Lord, as a perfect Father, delights in obedience. Stubbornness is viewed by God as iniquity and idolatry because it exalts my will above the Lord’s.  I could sacrifice so much for him, but if I ignored his gentle prompting to give him preeminence, I’d be in rebellion.

Simply put, the Lord delights in integrity. He wants our life to line up with his word, for us to be women of character.  As we start a new year, it’s the perfect time to examine our walk and see where God wants us to improve to bring him greater glory.

If I had to sum up my walk with the Lord in the past few months, the one word that would characterize me lately would be distractedThat needs to change.

Social media, shopping, shows on Netflix… they’ve all stolen my attention from my Savior. And he wants it back. Hence delight.  

Despite my failures the Lord remains faithful, compassionate, and gracious, because that is who he is.  He is such a good God!

~Psalm 103:14~ For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

I’m going to delight in the Lord by being intentional to spend time in the word before anything else gets my attention.  I’ll delight in him by replacing worry with prayer, complaining with praise, and fear with faith.  I’ll choose to feed my Spirit with the scriptures, solid biblical teaching, and spiritual songs instead of catering to the lusts of my flesh.

I’m not always going to get it right, and neither are you.  We’ll make wrong choices and be inconsistent.  At times our #oneword will be forgotten.

No matter how many times we mess up, God’s mercy endures forever.  God restores us to right fellowship when we repent of our foolishness.

~Psalm 130:4~ But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

We don’t want to look back at the end of 2018 with regret. Let’s be diligent to seek his face, disciplined over our flesh, and determined to be killin’ it all year long!

Ditch the distractions and delight in the Lord. He is worthy!

~Psalm 119:35~ Make me go in the path of thy commandments, which I have loved.

Invest- part 2

Invest.  It’s been the theme word of my life for over a year now.

After several years of being taught the word of God and trained by godly men and women how to be a faithful woman of the word, God pressed on my heart to focus on being intentional to invest all I had learned into other women.  I had been teaching in one-on-one discipleship for awhile, but God opened the door to be able to invest in the women at church via leading a women’s bible study.  I taught them a study out of Titus 2 that I wrote, called Invest.

That experience was like a long awaited dream come true! I’ve had a burning desire to teach the word of God since I got saved, but had to properly prepared to teach sound doctrine. It was a long, hard road, but it was well worth it.

I didn’t know it at the time, but getting to teach those women was just training for the next platform God would give me. I taught them for about a year when we were called out from our home church to plant a new church in the next county.  Giving up that ministry was so hard.  I was excited about being a pastor’s wife, and leading the women’s ministry for our new church, but leaving all of those sweet disciples behind was bittersweet.

I know that the word will not return void, and that the truth that was invested in them will continue to work on their hearts and minds, and be evident in their lives.  I hope and pray that those women grabbed hold of the desire to invest and are actively doing that today.

~Philippians 1:9-11~ And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

After a few months in our new field, I started this blog, and then began teaching the Invest study here with our new women’s ministry.  Since the material has been such a blessing to us, I wanted to put portions of it on Daily His Disciple to expand the reach of the word.

In the first installment of this series, I gave you the first couple of questions that we should ask when we study the bible.  You can read that post here.

The first question is: What does the text literally mean to the people it was written to?   

The second question is: How is God revealing himself, and what can I learn about Him in this passage?

Approaching bible study in this way helps us to put the scriptures into context, and to give us a deeper understanding of the character of God.  After we’ve asked these two questions, we can then move onto:

The third question is: What does this text mean to me personally and how does God want me to apply it to my life?  

So often we open our bibles asking this question and none other.  We read the scriptures to learn more about who we are, or to get our nugget for the day. For years I read the bible this way.  Until I read a book called Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin.  This book revolutionized my bible study!  If you haven’t read it yet, you really should get it, read it, and begin applying the bible study tips she shares.  You’ll be glad you did!

The first section of the Invest study covers the context and lays the foundation for the rest of the study. It’s based on Titus 2:3-5~The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.  

In this passage of scripture, Paul gives the character that a woman of God should possess, and how to get it– by being taught by an older, more spiritually mature woman. God wants you to learn so you can teach.

It’s not enough for the pastor to teach sound doctrine from the pulpit. (Even though that’s wonderful!) If it were, we wouldn’t have these instructions. God knows that ladies need other ladies to teach them how to be godly and bring him glory. We need to see it lived out, we need the accountability, and we need the counseling that comes with discipleship.

An aged woman is spiritually mature and proven faithful.  This is a woman who has gained some wisdom and is able to teach other women because her character and conduct line up with the guidelines God gives for a godly woman. All of us are younger or older than someone else, both physically and spiritually, and should be learning and teaching no matter what our age.

Just like a succulent summer garden, diligent plowing, careful sowing, and daily watering, yields rewarding fruit.  We should each desire to be fruitful, and what I want to stress with this study is not the quantity of the fruit, but the quality.

We will reproduce what we are. So we have to be intentional about investing in our own spiritual growth so that we can produce Christ-like disciples.  

Ways to invest in our spiritual growth:

  • Read and study the bible 
  • Pray faithfully
  • Listen to sermons
  • Attend church regularly
  • Have fellowship with mature believers
  • Get discipled
  • Attend Bible studies
  • Read books by solid Christian authors (Recommended Resources post coming soon!)
  • Be involved in ministry
  • Listen to wise counsel

To be intentional in these things means that we’re going to have to be:

  • Disciplined over our flesh
  • Diligent to prioritize our time
  • Determined to choose to invest in the spiritual rather than the physical
  • Discerning of what is the best use of our time, talent and treasures.

If your days look anything like mine, we all too often find ourselves:

  • Distracted by worldly pursuits
  • Daunted by daily plans
  • Defeated by guilty pleasures

Don’t you know that that’s exactly where the enemy wants to keep us?  Because when we are lost in the fog of our flesh, or deafened by the noise of this world, we’re ineffective for the kingdom.  We can’t invest in someone else what we don’t possess ourselves.

~Romans 13:14~ But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Teaching the younger women good things was not an option for these mature women, it was expected.  It was their role within the body of Christ, to help establish sound doctrine in the church.  This was how they contributed to making the body of Christ stand out above the wickedness and perversion of the world around them.

As believers and members of his body, we are also responsible for bringing him glory through the teaching of his word to other women in life-on-life discipleship.  It’s effective.  Women teaching women works, if we do it well.

Take stock of your life right now.  Do you have the character of the aged woman in Titus 2:3?  Then find someone to invest in!  If you’re in the younger woman stage, where you need a more mature woman to invest in you, then find one!  Pray for God to send you a ministry-minded, mission-focused, virtuous woman who will faithfully invest the truth of God’s word into you and help you to grow in faith, character, and ministry as well.

~2Timothy 2:2~ And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.  

Motivation for Ministry

One of the most irritating phases that children go through in their early toddler years is the “Why??” phase.  I can attest that it gets very old, very quickly.  Whenever my kids tried to play this game with me I usually chose the typical parental response- “Because I said so”.  Unknowingly I was hindering their growth in critical thinking and cognitive reasoning skills.  They mentally needed to know why things happened the way they did, why they needed to do certain things, and why they needed to stay away from things that would hurt them. It wasn’t their rebellious hearts questioning authority as much as a natural developmental skill they needed to grow in. (They’re all doing fine so I think it’s safe to say that no long-term damage has occurred.)

The same is true in our spiritual growth.  We know what we are supposed to do- ministry, but we also need to know why we should do it- motivation.

Wrong Motivations:

  1. For your own glory. Proverbs 25:27, Galatians 5:26, Jeremiah 9:23-24.  So how do we know if we are motivated by self-glory?  Do we do it for the praise of men instead of the praise of God?  Do we like to hear our name among the faithful servants?  Do we inwardly feel slighted or angry when we don’t get the credit we feel is due to us for the ministry we are involved in, or the service we have put in?  Do we boast about our accomplishments?  Philippians 2:3~ Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves
  2. To please people. Galatians 1:10, Ephesians 6:5-8, Colossians 3:22-25, James 4:4. Are you serving because someone expects you to or to have their approval?   1Thessalonians 2:4~But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

What happens with works done with the wrong motivation? Read 1Corinthians 3. There were certain people within the church at Corinth who had the wrong motivation for serving the Lord.  They were carnal, fleshly, acting like immature babies.  Paul shows us in this passage that none of us has any reason to get glory for the fruit we have in our lives, or the ministry he allows us to have.  God gives the increase, and God gets the glory.  If we steal that glory from God, we lose the reward in heaven.  If you are living for your own glory, everything you do is going to be burnt up on the judgment day. It’s all for naught, worthless and wasted time.

Right Motivations:

  1. For God’s glory. In 1Corinthians 10:31 we are instructed that every single thing we do we are to do for God’s glory.  What does it mean to glorify God?  To bring Him praise, adoration, worship, thanks, and honor.  To lift Him up as the supreme source, sufficiency, security, satisfaction, and salvation.  When God allows us to be used by Him, and people get saved, or lives are transformed, people are edified and encouraged not so we can be elevated, but so that Christ can be exalted. He is the only one who deserves the glory. It’s very easy to fall into the trap that Satan has laid for us to be like him and steal God’s glory, but with a renewed mind, we can have the right motivation to serve the Lord. Psalm 115:1, Isaiah 43:7, 1Peter 4:11.
  2. Because You Love Him. Love for our Savior should compel us to sacrifice our lives and serve Him with our whole hearts.  We need to follow Jesus’ example in everything we do.  Matthew 26:36-46 records Jesus’ agony in the garden of Gethsemane before His betrayal and arrest.  He knew what He was facing, and He knew how excruciating it was going to be to go to the cross, to die in our place.  To be punished for sins He didn’t commit, to be tortured for things He didn’t say, to take on the burden of the entire world.  The sacrifices we have to make and the pain we have to go through to minister are nothing compared to what Jesus went through for us.  Put things into perspective.  You should give all for your King because He gave all for you.  He’s a good God and He loves you, show your love for Him by serving Him however He asks you to for His glory alone.
  3. Because He is Worthy! Revelation 4:11 says “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and hour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.  Jesus is worthy of our worship, love, devotion, service, sacrifice, and anything else you can think of. He is worthy!

 

So why do you do what you do?  What is your motivation for ministry?  If it’s anything other than for God’s glory, because you love him, and he is worthy- repent!  Spend time in these scriptures, allow God to renew your mind and replace your wrong motivations with right ones.

~Colossians 3:23-24~ And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.