Making a Difference Wiersbe - 10 Power Principles for Christian Service Chapter 10 – The Model of Ministry Is Jesus Christ (The following presentation consists of quotations from the text of this book, which you have purchased)
If ministry means anything, it means following Christ and becoming more like him as we serve others and help them become more like Christ.
“Sanctification” – the process of following Christ and being transformed by the Spirit into his likeness.
…ministers of Christ must become more and more like Christ and fashion their ministry after his.
It’s good to be organized and efficient as long as you have the heart of a servant; otherwise, you may end up using and abusing people instead of helping them.
“And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” (John 8:29 AV)
The next time you’re tyrannized by a demanding schedule, try to imagine what Jesus experienced day after day, as all kinds of people with all sorts of problems came for his help at all hours of the day and night.
“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:34 AV)
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11 AV)
One of the remarkable paradoxes of Christian service is that we nourish ourselves as we take care of others.
Dr. Charles Haddon Spurgeon: “I have a great need for Christ, and I have a great Christ for my need.”
It does no good to disguise a broken heart or a discouraged spirit just to give the impression that we’re “victorious.” At the same time, it does even more harm to major on our wounds in painful isolation instead of coming to the Great Physician for healing.
God has a way of turning defeats into victories, not to save our pride, but to glorify his name.