A young man, full of vision and zeal, fresh out of the ministerial schools of learning and training, felt God had called him to be a great preacher. After reading the sermons of such men as Charles Spurgeon, Joseph Parker, Peter Marshall, Billy Graham, and others, he finally just gave up.
Then he decided that God wanted him to build a great church of numerical size and impressive buildings. He labored hard, but soon saw this brought more stress, pressure, and a competitive spirit that was not fulfilling. After spending time with God in prayer, he realized that God had called him to love and build a great people, for this was true success!1
“It was the risen One who handed down to us such gifted leaders—apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, so that God’s people would be thoroughly equipped to minister and build up the body of the Anointed One—until we are unified in the faith and filled with the knowledge of the Son of God, until we stand mature and fully formed in the likeness of the Anointed, our Liberating King” (Ephesians 4:11–13).
“Use your ministry to build people, not people to build your ministry” (Jacquelyn K. Heasley).2
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- A story of advice related to me, when I was beginning my first pastorate, by the late J. Foy Johnson, Superintendent of the Peninsular Florida Assemblies of God.
- Inspirational Quotes and Quotations on Christian Ministry –www.successdegrees.com/inspirationalquotesonchristianministry.html