18. MINISTERIAL COMMITMENT

"Some who have labored in the ministry have failed of attaining success because they have not given their undivided interest to the Lord's work. Ministers should have no engrossing interests aside from the great work of leading souls to the Saviour. The fishermen whom Christ called straightway left their nets and followed Him. Ministers cannot do acceptable work for God and at the same time carry the burden of large personal business enterprises. Such a division of interest dims their spiritual perception. The mind and heart are occupied with earthly things, and the service of Christ takes a second place. They seek to shape their work for God by their circumstances, instead of shaping circumstances to meet the demands of God."

APPLICATION

a. Principle Focus (review)

Commitment--the act or state of being committed via pledging oneself on an honorable basis.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

In an upbeat and positive manner, Paul, in Philippians 3, reasons that the only way to ministerial excellence is total commitment to God. Distraction may come, but keep focused on Christ and His work.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • I want to keep clearly before me the core commitments that I need to affirm.
  • Admittedly, when I entered ministry and took my charge, I vowed to be faithful--I would continue to be true.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

1 2 3 4 5
Extremely
Dissatisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Extremely
Satisfied

e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)





MEDITATION

"Lord, I reaffirm my commitment first to the Advent movement that is commissioned to help prepare people to go from this world to heaven to come; second, to genuine love for You and the people You created; third, to the great truths of the Word You have entrusted to Your church; fourth, to my family and those for whom You have specifically made me responsible; and finally to a life of continual self-improvement and progress. Thank You, Lord, in advance for helping me to keep these lofty goals."