Selflessness: The One-Size-Fits-All Key to Ministry

For years, I had a common misconception—I thought ministry was all about abilities, spiritual gifts, schedules, etc.

Although these things are definite parts of ministry, I’ve discovered a more important one-size-fits-all key to ministry: selflessness.

Philippians 2:5–7 tells us that Jesus, Who came to be our salvation, accomplished all this within His selfless, perfect character. Jesus “made himself nothing,” coming not to be served but to serve our most desperate need. Therefore we also must become selfless in order to carry out the gospel mission.

So how do we do that?

Be willing to be used by God. He equips those who say yes when they are called. God uses gifts and talents, but He also uses the most ordinary things for His purposes.
Set aside your wants and needs so you can focus on God’s agenda. After all, your schedule belongs to Him.
Focus on God’s abilities to help you face your fears while doing something new.

Today take some time in prayer to seek God, asking Him to make you into the selfless servant He wants you to be!

Sheila Gosney lives in Monroe City, Missouri. She’s a wife, mother, and grandmother who loves missions and ministry.

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