Updated on January 6, 2014
Chronological Bible: October 15, The root of ministry…
- John 1:35-51
- John 2:1-25
- John 3:1-36
“The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God!'” –John 1:35-36, ESV
The root of any Christian ministry should be this: to point disciples to the Lamb of God, that they may follow Him instead of us. John’s ministry did not end when he baptized Jesus. John’s name was out there; he had followers who sought his teaching. This scripture shows as much. And when given the opportunity, John pointed to Jesus and let his disciples go. No arguments, no jealousy. John knew his purpose on earth was to cry out that the people make way for the Lord. He had followers, but his purpose was to point out the Christ. It wasn’t about his clever sermon illustrations or how many Twitter followers he had. John’s singular purpose was to point to Christ. And he did it.
If you are in ministry, are you pointing to Christ? Are you so centered on Him that when your followers, your disciples if you will, rely on Jesus rather than you, that you applaud the effort? Or do you scrimp and scrounge for every follower? Do you beg and plead with God to give you more impact? Or do you cry out in the wilderness to make way for the Lord?
A successful ministry isn’t truly measured by numbers and graphs and followers. A successful ministry is one whose sole purpose is to get everything out of the way, including the leaders, so that Jesus is the point. If Jesus is the goal, then the dynamic, incredible results of that ministry will reverberate the halls of heaven, even if only very few come.