After much deliberation I am starting a blog. It is aimed primarily at girls who are in ministry or leadership or some sort.
It comes out of my desire to help young women avoid some of the rookie mistakes I made .
I know I don’t have all the answers so my hope is that it will become a discussion where we share wisdom gained.
I hope to post every week- but we will see how it goes- I will also get friends from all over the world to write in areas that I know I have no clue in.
The first few blogs are not about the most flashy area- but they are foundational to everything else – so I am putting them up front.
Here’s my first blog
It’s About Serving Jesus –Not a Man or a Church. Part 1
In church life we hear so much about serving; and well we should. The heart of the ministry of Jesus was to serve- “the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve”. We frequently hear about it as serving our local church or serving leadership. Understanding that the church is the body of Christ on the earth and the Apostles, Pastors, Teachers, Prophets and Evangelists are His gifts to the earth serving them is obviously an extension then of serving Jesus. Or is it ?
We have to have it clearly delineated in our hearts that we are serving Jesus first and through our service to Jesus we are serving the leadership he places above us. It may appear like semantics and hair splitting to make a distinction but I believe it is the way for health and longevity in ministry.
The way to best explain the importance of this concept is to show what happens when this is not in place in our hearts.
When we loose sight of serving Jesus and focus on our current role or place there is a tendency within all people and particularly women to hold onto it very tight. We have to maintain our position to maintain our area of service. When we are serving Jesus, where we are and what we are doing matter less.
This was aptly described to me in a recent conversation with a long term worship leader who has been the main singer on numerous C3 worship albums, been front and center of worship teams at large international conferences, toured with the C3 band and is currently singing BVs way out to the side of her church stage. On commenting on her incredible dedication and passion on the side of the stage she said to me “I am worshipping Jesus and it doesn’t matter where they put me (or don’t put me) on stage I will worship him with all I have”. What a woman!
It takes maturity and a clear understanding that we are serving Jesus to live this, my guess is that is has also taken tears and soul searching to get there.
Parts 2 to follow next week- but in the mean time – How do you keep Jesus central ?