Putting God in Charge of your Ministry

"Put God in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place." Proverbs 16:3 (Msg)
Work dominates our lives – especially those of us in ministry.

The typical American spends about 150,000 hours - or 40% of his life - at work (I suspect, for pastors, the number is even higher!).

In other words, you'll spend more time working in ministry, thinking about ministry, and commuting to your ministry than you will eating, relaxing, and vacationing – all combined – this year.

Now, God wants you to succeed in ministry. In fact, in the Bible, God offers this guarantee:

"Put God in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place." Proverbs 16:3 (Msg)

What does it mean to put God in charge of your work? There are three steps I'd suggest:

1. Seek God's Direction

 Ask Him to guide you everyday - in your planning ... your organizing ... your decision making... your implementing ... and in relating to everyone you come in contact with. "The Lord is pleased when good people pray." (Prov. 15:8 GN)

2. Sharpen Your Skills

 Be the best you can be for God's glory. Never stop learning. Look for ways to cultivate the talents He's given you. "If your ax is dull, and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed, but skill will bring success." (Eccl. 10:10)

3. Stay Positive in Your Attitude

 Refuse to be infected by the worrying, the complaining, or the laziness of others. Remember, enthusiasm comes from the Greek words (en theos) that mean "to be in God." "In all the work you are doing, work the best you can. Work as if you were doing it for the Lord, not for people." (Col. 3:23 NCV)

These are the conditions that guarantee God's blessing on your work.

This article is used by permission from From Rick Warren's Ministry ToolBox, a free weekly e-newsletter for those in ministry. www.pastors.com.