I am starting up the blog again after a significant hiatus, so please excuse me if you are a dedicated reader and are getting bored with me repeating some of the same stuff over and over.
That being said, the longer I am in ministry and the more time I spend looking at my mistakes in ministry and life in general, I find more and more often that all of my screw ups come from the same place: I didn’t love first. Maybe I didn’t love the person I was serving before I started serving him/her. Maybe I got distracted from loving God and got caught up in just doing stuff (which happens ALL THE FREAKING TIME!! You’d think I’d learn after a while).
Regardless of my mistake or where my love went awry, the fact is that I get into trouble when I fail to love first and decide to act or to serve first. Why this is a big deal.
- God is love. Without love I am operating without God. Can you say “bad idea“?
- Without love, service is not about people, it’s about a task or a job or a result. Which do you think God is more interested in: results or people? (cf Mt 10:29)
- Where is your heart? Do you think the Father wants your works or your love? (cf lk 15:28-30)
- If we aren’t doing it out of love, then what’s the point? I mean really, why bother?
One last note – if your answer to number 4 “why bother?” had anything to do with you. say “that’s my ministry” or “that’s just the way I am” or “what will people say about me” then you are in a very dangerous place. I’ve been in that place for the last six months or so and am only now realizing it and let me tell you a really hard truth: it isn’t about you. It’s about Jesus.