Because we serve an invisible God, it is very easy for people to get caught up with the visible man that serves the invisible God. The people we see and hear regularly are perpetually before our eyes. This gives them a lot of mental attention from us which can be taken to the extreme. We therefore must learn to look beyond the physical individual and focus on the God they serve. Ministry should not be reduced to personality cults where individuals are caught up in the awesomeness of their preacher or prophet. This is a delicate balance but one that must be achieved.
Is Jesus visible in your life or do we only see you? Do people look beyond you and see God? Do you point the crowd to Jesus or is it about you and your fancy abilities. Are people praising God or praising you. Are you getting most of the attention or is Jesus getting some of it? Is your name at par with that of Jesus? Do people get to know Jesus better and get stronger in their Christian walk? You can know your focus by looking at your results. It’s all about Jesus and nothing about the man. It’s not about the vessel but about the substance in the vessel. Just like the moon doesn’t generate any power or light but only reflects what it gets from the sun, so should the minister reflect Jesus and not themself.
SCRIPTURE READING: John 3:27-30
John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven. You yourselves know how plainly I told you, ‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’ It is the bridegroom who marries the bride, and the bridegroom’s friend is simply glad to stand with him and hear his vows. Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success. He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.
Dear God, I promise not to give your Glory to any man including myself. I know it’s all about you and there is nothing fancy about my abilities. I will reflect you in my ministry. Amen.