Are you minding your own ministry business, or that of someone else?
John 4:34 – Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.
How many Christians today busy themselves with the personal assignment of looking after the ministry of someone else? Consider Jesus. When He heard of someone else doing the true work of the kingdom of God, He was known to adopt the position that those who are not against you are for you, and so, He would leave them alone.
Now look closely at our Text for Today. In the context of Jesus’ statement, His disciples had gone into a Samaritan town to buy food in their journey. While they were gone, He was ministering, and when they returned, He said, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish He work.” Notice that it was a very personal statement, “My meat…” Just as it was personal for Him, it should be personal for us. YOUR MEAT is to do the will of the Lord Jesus Who has sent you just as the Father sent Him. MY MEAT is to do the will of the Lord Jesus Who has sent me in the same manner. I have NOT been sent to be a watch-dog over your ministry. I don’t do it for you, and you don’t do it for me. Why can we not simply learn to eat off our own plates?
Now I’m not talking about issues of accountability. None of us can force accountability. If a minister wants to hide and lie about his ministry, he will; but it will be discovered, now or later. However, as a man of God, I choose to make myself accountable to my peers, my family, those over me in the Lord, and to my ministry. And there are ministers who have chosen to make themselves accountable to me. There is great safety in such a practice, and it should not be limited only to the five-fold ministry. None of us, five-fold minister or layman, should be in the practice of judging the ministry/life of another while your own ministry/life goes undone or ill-done. At issue here is an all-to-common practice among believers of going to judgment before going to prayer. The Lord will direct you in your personal life and ministry decisions. Focus on keeping your own house in order, and if the Lord will have you engage in helping another, He will open the door for it. In the meantime, eat off your own plate.
Manna for Today – John 4:1-38; Mark 9:40; John 14:12-14; John 17:18; John 20:21; Matthew 7:1-6
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