We demand excellence of God! Have you ever thought about that?
- We won’t allow him one little mistake!
- We won’t allow him one little lie!
- We won’t allow him one little failure!
Since we expect excellence from God, we should be ready, willing, and dedicated to demanding the highest form of excellence, both from ourselves and the ministry He has entrusted to us.
Matthew 5: 48 tells us to Be perfect as our father in heaven is perfect.
Ephesians 4:1 instructs as well that we are to–walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we were called.
This applies to whatever field of ministry we find ourselves in. It applies both to the lay person, as well as, the fivefold vocational ministry equally.
Excellence of ministry – I want that to soak in.
You must become willing to demand excellence of the ministries you are involved in.
We also want to demand excellence from those that labor with us.
The Apostle Paul took the training of his disciples very seriously because he realized that they were handling the mightiest power in the universe.
The Gospel is not only the power by which people are saved from hell, it is more broadly, God’s unlimited power to save, heal, and deliver!
Paul told Timothy in I Tim. 1:11, that this Glorious Gospel had been “committed to his trust.”
As ministers of the Gospel you are entrusted with God’s awesome power and might.
You are, therefore faced with two responsibilities:
1) to develop and maintain a ministry of excellence and
2) to deal with satan directly.
By virtue of our role as Apostolics, we have been positioned and categorized, particularly as far as Satan is concerned, as some of the most dangerous and often hated human beings on the planet!
We pose a serious threat to satan and his people.
Our second responsibility then, is to deal with him effectively.
Without a firm decision to succeed, with God’s help, we cannot hope to maintain the measure of maturity and perfection that our ministries must command.
Not only Born Again and full of the Spirit but knowing how to use the Sword of the Lord and the power of Almighty God to change lives forever.
This requires boldness on our part.
We represent God’s divine power and authority in this world, the adversary must reckon with us.
Romans 1:16 –for I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that BELIEVETH; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Now it’s real easy to read right past this verse and miss what the spirit is really saying:
Salvation is the great, inclusive word of the gospel, gathering into itself all of the redemptive acts and processes:
- Sanctification, and
The Hebrew and Greek words for salvation imply:
- healing and
The gospel is not only the power by which we are saved from hell, it is more specifically: God’s unlimited ability to save heal and deliver in all realms.
The gospel is the power of God manifested.
If you think about that for a while, you begin to understand the need for a ministry of excellence.
A ministry of excellence:
- Is built on faith – it absolutely will not tolerate unbelief in itself.
- It will not tolerate taking the easy way out.
- It does not rely on gimmicks and carnal methods.
- It will pay any price to get the job done the right way – God’s way – based on the Word.
- It will proudly uphold God’s name and will represent Jesus Christ to the world.
- It will accurately handle the Word of God and again.
- It does not plan for failure
This is not easy to do because as representatives of God, you’re going to have to do twice as much as everybody else.
We have to live exemplary lives by a higher standard — the world expects it — God expects it!
We have been entrusted with a grave responsibility.
Can I just admit to you, I have not always appreciated or lived up to that responsibility and I’ve had to repent.
We all have our heroes of the faith we wish we could emulate.
But, let me ask you a question: Do we really?! Do we really want that kind of ministry? Are we willing to pay the price to get it?
Let me give a Personal example:
In High School I was in ROTC, and competed as a marksman, gaining Distinguished Expert status.
It was quite common for me to have fellow competitors say to me, “Man, I wish I could shoot like that!”
I’d always thank them, politely.
What I really wanted to say was, “No you don’t!”
“If you did, you’d be up at 5:00 AM to be early enough to school to shoot 100 rounds every morning in order to perfect your technique and you’d stay after school every day to practice again.”
The same can be said for golf, tennis, football, or any other sport.
You excel at what you’re committed to.
Can you say along with me, “I can stand to increase my commitment to effectiveness in ministry?”
Success in ministry, as you know, doesn’t come because of personality or great speaking ability.
It comes as a result of what you have dedicated yourself to.
What do you long to do with this gospel?
Not just your good ideas, but what are your dreams!?
What will we actually commit to and what will we lay our lives down for?
As ministers of the gospel we have been entrusted not only with the truth; we have been equipped with the Lord’s strength and might.
Remember, satan is limited, you are not!
Your victory is assured, because:
Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.
and we can say with the Apostle Paul,
“Thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph through the Lord Jesus Christ.”
It is this ministry of excellence we will be talking about in this series!