I have been thinking of a few megathemes that summarize what it means to live for greater purposes than myself. I have come up with three G’s that have been central to my life and ministry; God, Grace, and Growth.
The Centrality of God
God, in his greatness and glory, is supreme over all things. God is sovereign, he is sustaining, and he is strong. The fact that God is sovereign is of great comfort to people who don’t understand why a certain thing is happening in life. To know that, “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose” is of great assurance (Rom 8:28). And in those times of uncertainty, God’s sovereignty is an unmoving foundation because, “he works out everything according to the purpose of his will.” (Eph 1:11). God also promises to sustain the weary; as in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” God also has great strength to rule the world and to empower his people as in Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Ministry is about speaking of God’s glory and pointing people to him. Ministry is first and foremost about honoring God in all we say and do.
- Key Verses: 1 Cor 10:31; Is 42:8; Is 40:26-31
The Sustainig Grace
God gives great grace to men in salvation and in Christian living. Because are by nature under God’s wrath (Eph 2:3) and our sinfulness deserves separation from God (Rom. 6:23), God’s salvation is a true act of grace. It is by Grace we have been saved through faith by the gift of God (Eph. 2:6-7). This is the foundation for a right relationship with God. And this is the great message of the gospel. Not only does God’s grace save us, but it also sustains us so that all of our Christian life is done through the grace of God, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Cor. 9:8). Ministry needs to be focused on the grace of God in Christ for salvation through the gospel. Seek to be a person walking in his grace each day and extending grace and love to others.
- Key Verses: Eph 2:8-9; 2 Cor 9:8; 2 Cor 12:9-10
The Process of Growth
Growth is a process of life-transformation of becoming more like Christ. Because of this grace we are enabled to live a Christian life that is pleasing to God. Through this relationship of grace, Christ calls his people to make disciples of all nations (Mt. 28:18-20). This is done by one believer helping another person know Christ and grow in him. As 2 Timothy 2:2 explains, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” As people grow in character, doctrine, and ministry (Rom 15:14) and commit to multiplying themselves spiritually, the great commission is advancing. Ministry is seeking to equip people to grow in their relationship with God. It is identifying people’s gifts and see them utilized in the church.
- Key Verses: Eph 4:11-13; Rom 12:1-2; 2 Tim 2:2