When the Lewis and Clark Expedition left St. Louis in 1804 it took them a year-and-a-half to make it to the Pacific Ocean, yet when they returned in 1806 the trip only took six months. Why? Sociologically, it is always more fun to go home. And, scientifically, paddling with the current, rather than against it, is certainly easier.
As I reflect on my life and ministry I confess there have been times when it felt like I was paddling against the current. Ministry was difficult and slow. No fun. However, thankfully, there have been times in my life and ministry when things progressed easily and rapidly. I was moving with the divine flow and it felt good.
What is the divine flow and how does one live in it?
I. OUR MINISTRY MUST BE OF HIM
There is a big difference between a good idea and a God-idea. Instead of thinking up ministry ideas or copying someone else's ministry, let God guide you.
II. OUR MINISTRY MUST BE THROUGH HIM
Never try to accomplish ministry in your human power, instead let the wind of God's Spirit fill you sails. Stop trying and start trusting.
III. OUR MINISTRY MUST BE TO HIM
The reason we do ministry is not to win the acclaim of others. Our motive for ministry is to bring praise and honor to Jesus Christ. In fact, that is the only kind of ministry God blesses.
Bob Sorrell, long-time associate of Adrian Rogers, says, "A vision is a word from God and a work of God." Then quoting his mentor Dr. Rogers he adds, "What starts in heaven, ends in heaven."
In life and ministry we only have two choices. We can do it our way or God's way. Our way is slow. His way tends to be much smoother. Be very sure your ministry is "of Him, through Him, and to Him!"