I can’t think of anything worse than a minister, a servant or Christ, who doesn’t take his calling seriously. The world is surrounded by many men who claim that they work for God, but if you look at their work you would question how highly they thought of their God. This double standard should be a warning for all those who enter into God’s service. In my scripture reading I read Ezekiel 44:21-23:
21 Neither shall any priest drink wine, when they enter into the inner court. 22 Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before. 23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
It was the job of the priest to show God’s people how to live and to see the difference between holy and the world. The same is true today in the church. God has gifted certain members with certain gifts for the maturing of the saints according to Ephesians 4:11-12. You can tell what a church will be like according to the type of minister that they have. When young men claim that they have a calling to work full-time in the ministry that means there should be a noticeable zeal in their lives to do their best work for the Lord. It is my hope that in this I can stir you to either be on guard from becoming an inferior minister or repent from being an inferior minister.
You might ask what makes a preacher an inferior minister? I certainly don’t want to be accused nor do I seek to set myself up as being a judge of another man’s servant. But I have seen in me the strong tendency of being an inferior minister. Just to confess, I have noticed in my own life and heart a strong desire to become lazy, to become entitled, to love money, to make ministry a profession, and much more. These tendencies and others are some components that would make a minister inferior. Lacking preparation for your sermon, not caring for your people, and feeling like you are owed everything are parts of a recipe for disaster. I cannot tell you that you are acting in an inferior manner; you must decide. I know I have had the tendency to let these sins creep in but I must fight against them and be aware of these temptations.
A minister can fall into these pitfalls extremely easily if he isn’t taking close watch in his life. Interestingly, it all starts with the Gospel. A man forgets what God has done in his life. Salvation is never something that we should ever get over. A man who forgets what God has done for him is likely to fall no matter his occupation. Paul never seemed like he got over what the Lord did in his life. The inferior minister forgets where he came from and what he was called to do. How many times do I forget where I was and what God has called me to do? I believe forgetting the Gospel in our lives is the groundwork or the foundation for failing because it is out of our beliefs that our actions are born.
So obviously, the question is how do we keep ourselves from becoming an inferior minister? Start with the basics and remember how God saved you. Your testimony, if you think about it, is incredible. If you think about it, what God did in your life to save you is nothing short of a miracle. Then remember how God has worked in your life. Remember the job God has given you to do. You are his servant. Never forget that. Never lose awareness of the fact that God chose you for His service. It all starts there. Then it goes to your actions. Work on becoming a better speaker if you are a preacher. Try to work and improve your skills. Seek God with everything you have and try to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s working in your life.
This is too serious and too important of a ministry for us to be inferior. We must never forget that there are others watching us. We must strive to finish right.