The Best Tool for Ministry is Your Life
If you’re a follower of Christ, I hope you see yourself as a disciple maker. God calls everyone who has been transformed to play a part in transforming lives through the gospel.
Upon receiving this high calling to be ministers of the Word — a royal priesthood — many begin searching for the best evangelism and ministry tools out there.
You can find all sorts of methods and strategies to aid you in discipleship. In fact, if you’ve come across any good ones lately, feel free to share them in the comments below. And praise God for the abundant resources available to us!
Only, it would serve us well to remember something very simple, yet profound: your life is your best ministry tool.
I hope that you study doctrine, watch theological debates, and learn different methods of evangelism. Read and study all that you can. However, your life will either make or break your discipleship.
The real effectiveness of your ministry is not found in what you know; it’s about who you are. You see, anyone can throw out words from a stage, but who are you backstage where the crowd can’t see you?
Think on this with me for a second.
In Galatians chapter two, the Apostle Paul opposes Peter because his conduct was not setting a good example before others.
But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?” (Galatians 2:11–14, ESV)
Our Christianity is so much more than written words on a document. Biblical Christianity possesses a transformational power — the presence of God, the Holy Spirit.
Everyone filled with the Holy Spirit possesses experiential knowledge. That’s really what I’m getting at here. It’s possible to be familiar with the latest and greatest methods and resources, but do you know Christ experientially?
I benefit from learning new methods for sharing the gospel. I try to get my hands on many books that can help me minister. But nothing outweighs my personal holiness and obedience to Christ.
Sometimes I come across someone who can spit great words, but as I look at their life there seems to be a disconnect. One minute, they speak in Christianese and in the next moment they walk contrary to their words.
J.C. Ryle drops some relevant truth bombs in his work, titled, Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots.
It is well to be acquainted with all the doctrines and principles of Christianity. It is better to be acquainted with Christ Himself. It is well to be familiar with faith and grace and justification and sanctification. They are all matters “pertaining to the King.” But it is far better to be familiar with Jesus Himself, to see the King’s own face, and to behold His beauty. This is one secret of eminent holiness. He that would be conformed to Christ’s image, and become a Christ–like man, must be constantly studying Christ Himself.
Your message is easier to hear when your life displays it. As we take part in discipleship and evangelism, make the gospel easy to understand for them by displaying its truths with your life.
Pictures, graphics, videos, and articles can do a lot of good in ministry, but they will never outperform godly living.
Wouldn’t you agree? How effective are neat resources and methods if we don’t use them on ourselves? How can we expect people to live godly, faithful lives if we don’t practice godliness or faithfulness? Share your thoughts below.