However, this was not my initial plan. I was looking elsewhere ... even though Lynn was probably thinking, "Mark, not another move! Can't we just settle down here?" Fortunately, in God's grace and mercy, He has again done a great work in my heart. May today's post encourage you, as it has me, to recognize who is Lord and to challenge you to see that the work of ministry, any ministry, is all about grace.
The Butler Bulldogs who almost beat Duke in the 2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship (Arrrggh!) and went to the championship a second time in 2011 have a team philosophy called the “Butler Way.”
The philosophy goes like this: “The Butler Way demands commitment, denies selfishness, accepts reality yet seeks improvement everyday while putting the team above self.”
I see this, in a lesser way, to be in line with the great truth Paul is communicating in Romans 12:3ff. The Lord may have only given me 2 talents (Matthew 25)—I am thinking soberly about myself—however, He wants me to put them to full use in extending the Kingdom and strengthening the Body. I am not here to serve myself. He has called me to get busy “according to the measure of faith that God has assigned…having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us” (Romans 12:3). Neither am I to sing the Blues and be complacent thinking that “this is ALL I can do in this little Podunk town.” No, God expects me to improve and refine my grace-based gifts.
And this is an incredible thought—God has not only saved me from the wrath to come and is enabling me to live a holy life, He has also appointed me a co-laborer with Him to do the work of the Kingdom and in all things to bring honor and glory to His name. The Lord is owner, CEO, middle management and floor supervisor, and I need to get on board with what He is employing me to do. The work of ministry, any ministry, is all about grace and is in reality an honor. And I need to view ministry in this way.