What do you want to achieve through your ministry in serving the Lord? Our Saviour said to the Scribes and Pharisees:
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are” (Matt. 23:15).
This is a sobering warning for all who seek to serve the Lord in seeing people converted to Christ and becoming vibrant disciples of Him. Is it not the case that we, in such a ministry are seeking to win converts? The scribes and Pharisees were also convert-seekers, but their ministry was to attract followers to themselves and trap them within their religion.
What is our motivation in dealing with people? We must continually be checking ourselves as regards to what we are about. We need to be John the Baptist-type people who really point people to Christ. Read these scriptures which sum up something of the character of John’s ministry.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)
The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” (John 1:35-36)
And of the Lord, he said: “He must become greater” (John 3:30)
(Originally Published at Venabling on the 18th November 2013).