In your opinion, what does it mean to be a Christian Minister?
I believe with all my heart that what it means to be a Christian minister is first and foremost is to be a man/woman, led of God and the Holy Spirit. One who strives to be Christ-like in all we do and all we say. My prayer for many years has been to see others as God sees them. To be His hands, feet, eyes, and ears, but mainly to learn to love with His heart. Within myself, I know that I would fail. I would be judgmental and conditioning, but with God’s help I have learned to look beyond what I might see on the outward, and look to the inside of that person. I have found that through the leading of the Holy Spirit that we can find things deep inside others that we never dreamed possible. We can find the reasons for certain actions and even how to address them in how to pray about the situation. I have also learned that by looking at others, through God’s eyes, that often times, we find parts of our own selves. We can even catch a glimpse of how God might see us.
We must have a heart after God and a heart for others, no matter where they have come from, who they are, and what they have done—and that’s where the leading of the Holy Spirit comes in, not to mention the love of God. I think that God sends us into a world of uncertainty to help those around us feel that there is one thing that is certain, and that is the love of God and His purpose in their lives. I believe that by helping them find their purpose, we must be upstanding individuals. We must be someone that has integrity and stands for what we believe in with assurance and the strength of God. We should be an example to those around us, letting them see the love of God through us. Not saying one thing and doing something else. I believe we should stand strong in our testimony and be who and what we say we are. We do not represent ourselves only, but we represent a King, God Almighty, who already knows who we are. (We aren’t hiding anything from Him.) If we have a ministry, we represent that ministry and everyone that God has given to us. We also represent our families. We should never do anything that would jeopardize them or ever bring them to shame. We should always be men and women of the most high God, and conduct ourselves in a like manner.
I think that by using the resources that God has given us and our own determination to do what we are called to do; that we can go in power of his might, that we can accomplish what seems impossible. We can change what seems unchangeable. With the leading of the Holy Ghost and the examples of love and compassion that Jesus left for us, we can touch the world, one at a time. It may not seem like a lot at first, but with every life we touch, we empower them to touch someone else who in return may touch someone else, causing a rippling effect in the river of life.
Ministry is such an important part for the kingdom of God. Always being on-call so to speak, knowing that you are depended upon by so many that come into contact with you. We, as ministers, should always be prayed up, and renewed in our minds by the word of God, so that when called upon we might be able to help without searching for answers. We should always, with right hearts, be willing to be a help, whenever or wherever needed. Of course, we should never do anything that we are not led by the Holy Ghost to do.
In all things we must be led by the Holy Ghost, knowing that what we are doing comes into subjection to the word. Knowing the word and the truth is essential to becoming an effective leader. Always willing to learn what’s going on around us and growing from our experiences and helping others through them is also essential. I have come to find that we really never go through anything that won’t come around and present itself again.
To me, being a Christian minister is being a true advocate for God and Heaven, being an example to all that God sends into your path. Always being willing to counsel and comfort those in need. Having the knowledge and wisdom of the Lord and using it to advance to the Kingdom of God. We should keep in mind that the soul of a man is the most valuable asset in this world and the world to come.
I believe that as Jesus was the Good Shepherd, that we should follow His example in the way He tended His sheep. The way he loved them and had compassion for them. I desire to teach the way that He taught the word of His father with conviction, and stood for what was right no matter what others thought or even how they reacted. My prayer as a minister would be that I could lead others in the way of Christ. That I could live my life as an example and live my live with much conviction and being willing to give my all to the ministry of God.
One verse that stands out for me is:
“But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask more.” (Luke 12:48)
I can only pray that I can do to the greatest of my ability that I might fulfill all the God has required of me, and at the end of this life and when I come face to face with Him who has called me that I will hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord.” (Matthew 25:21)