Real ministry

Now that we have hit the new year we are all thinking of how to make our life a success in 2011. Questions to consider are “what are my talents, really?”, “which gifts do I have?” or “what are my desires?”. These things will often tell us where our purpose lies.

1 Peter 4:10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

The Bible admonishes us to use the gifts we have received, not for ourselves, but to serve others. Some people are looking for “their ministry”. You hear them speak in terms of “this is my ministry”. In reality, the word ‘ministry’ in Greek literally means ‘servanthood’. To be a minister is to be a servant. To have gifts is not to serve us, but to serve others.

Think of Mozart. He had the gift to play and compose the most beautiful music. But who was his gift for? For himself only? Countless people are still enjoying his music. We can be glad he did not keep his gift for himself.

Joseph had a gift. He interpreted dreams. But it was not for him – it was to serve his family and to serve Israel. Zig Ziglar (motivational guru) says “If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want”. Ultimately your gifts are to help others get what they want. The joy is in the giving, not the getting.

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