|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, August 22 2011 00:00|
Most Christian men have it in their hearts to serve God, but find it difficult to develop a personal ministry. They need someone to show them "how."
God wants every believer to have a personal ministry. "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10). God has a particular task, good work, or personal ministry for each of us.
A personal ministry is based upon a man's spiritual gifts (see the topic "Spiritual Gifts").
Our two principal tasks are redemptive tasks "to build the kingdom" (the Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20) and cultural tasks "to tend the culture" (the cultural mandate, Genesis 1:28). For most men, more than 80 percent of their time will be spent "tending the culture" through their families, work, civic duties, and community life. Some will have more opportunity than others to share their faith at work, but all can demonstrate the reality and relevance of Jesus through the way they work. As Francis of Assisi said in his familiar saying, "Go ye into all the world, preach the gospel and, if necessary, use words."
For More: See chapter 18, "Developing a Personal Ministry," in Discipleship for the Man in the Mirror (Zondervan), from which this article is excerpted.
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