27. PERSONAL MANAGEMENT

"Paul's writings show that the gospel minister should be an example of the truths that he teaches, 'giving no offense in anything, that the ministry be not blamed.' Of his own work he has left us a picture in his letter to the Corinthian believers: 'In all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings; but pureness, by knowledge, by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; as sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich' (2 Corinthians 6:3, 4-10). To Titus he wrote: 'Young men likewise exhort to be sober-minded. In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you' (Titus 2:6-8)."

APPLICATION

a. Principle Focus (review)

Personal Management--the ability to manage one's self- image, lifestyle, and reputation in an acceptable manner to God and people; the management of encompassing aspects is genuine and lasting.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

Proverbs 3 and Ecclesiastes skillfully emphasize the what, why, and how-to of personal management.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • Painful and awkward though it may be, I will conduct regular internal/external audits of my life.
  • I will consciously improve all aspects of personal management to reflect well on the ministry.

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, my times are in Your hands. I would be a good personal manager, not to focus on myself, but rather that I might focus positively on You and the charge that You have given me. To do less is to be somewhat slovenly and oblivious to being winsome and effective."