The first key to effective ministry is dedication.
True dedication is a choice – it is a decision of quality.
A quality decision is a decision for which there is no turning back.
True dedication makes a decision based on one’s commitment to God, rather than on feelings or emotions.
It is a decision, that with God’s help, you will never violate:
- Men will not be able to change you,
- Matters of life and death will not be able to change you,
- Feelings will have no bearing on this commitment.
True commitment is like losing the engine in a single-engine airplane – you are committed to land!
Feelings of fear, doubt or inadequacy are of absolutely no consequence – you will land that plane.
When you accepted the call to ministry, you faced this kind of a commitment.
How you handle it now could determine whether you succeed or fail or even whether you live or die.
For those of you who consider yourselves lay people or perhaps are newer to the ministry:
Take the time to get before God, and dig into the word. Stay there and rest in the Lord, until the Holy Ghost and the Word of God transform your level of commitment.
Without this firm, quality decision, Satan will take advantage of every opportunity to make your life and ministry a failure.
God is at work in us both to will and to do for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13
He is faithful. He will create in you the power and desire to make that uncompromising decision.
When you finally make a full, no quit, no turning back, forever commitment or renew that commitment to God – fulfilling and continuing your calling will be the most exciting thing you have ever done!
Don’t be intimidated by the commitment – God has provided the power, furnished the weapons and equipped you with everything you need.
It’s the same as when you experience the New Birth.
Once you made a quality decision to obey the Gospel, God met you there and he did the rest.
His power, His Spirit, and His words performed their functions and you were Born Again.
A decision was all it took. Your part is to determine in your heart to obey your calling and God will do his part.
What about finding your place in ministry?
Each and every believer is anointed and endued with the power to fulfill a specific function in the body of Christ.
By the Spirit of God, every individual is able to perform their calling with mastery and excellence.
The Bible says in Romans 11:29 that the gifts in the callings of God are without repentance.
Whether you are called to the five-fold ministry or to the all-important Ministry of the Saints – the Lord will not revoke your assignment.
What is the ministry of the saints? Notice, it’s not, “ministry to the saints.”
1 Corinthians 16:15–I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
Every saint has a ministry calling!
He ordained you from the foundation of the world!
Consider 2 Timothy 2:20:
We’re going to knock a tradition right in the head.
“But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and of the earth, and some to honor, and some to dishonor.”
Most times, people will stop reading right there and say, “Well brother you know…”
Right there, you know a tradition is coming at you.
“Well brother, yes! But you know, we can’t all be vessels of gold. Some of us are meant to be earthen vessels.”
We have a word for that in Texas.
Satan will always attempt to twist the scriptures to keep believers bowed down with false humility, trying to live for God based on their feelings and their performance.
Look at verse 21:
“If a man, therefore, purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”
It is important to God, that we become vessels of honor – yielded to his word and dedicated to doing his will in the Earth.
Here is the important point:
Whether you become a gold vessel or a mud pot is not the Master’s decision – it’s yours!
A decision for total dedication includes a determination to please God and a commitment to the truth.
The decision to please the Father must include the decision to live in victory.
God gets no enjoyment from our defeat.
He was grieved with the children of Israel because they were overcome in the wilderness.
The victory that overcomes the world – is our faith (I John 5:4).
Put on the armor of God and fight the good fight of faith.
What is a good fight? A good fight is the fight you win!
Take control of your life and resist the devil, by standing firm on the Word of God and controlling your feelings and emotions.
To control your feelings, you must control your tongue!
James 3:2 says that the person who can control his words can gain mastery over his whole body.
So, step one is Dedication – make a quality decision and commitment to the word and the things of God.
- Decide to please the father
- Decide to walk in victory
- Decide to live the life of love
- Decide to live by faith
Make the quality, no turning back decision, that if your faith won’t get it, then you won’t have it – because you are determined to please God by living by faith.
Never go back on your faith!