This morning during “coffee with the Lord” I got just a taste of Apostle Paul’s philosophy of ministry in my Bible reading… Here’s what he said…
“We endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ! … If I preach the gospel that gives me ground for boasting! Necessity is laid upon me! Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! If I do this of my own will I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them!” (From 1 Corinthians 9:12-19)
I want Paul’s declaration to be mine! I never want to simply be a “hireling” – someone that simply does “ministry” or Christian service for money! It’s a divine calling! I’m doing what I do for the Lord! He redeemed us, He gives us the gifts we have, the call we have is a divine call! I want to do my best for Him!
As I reflected on this today, the probing words of an old gospel song came to mind…
“I wonder have I done my best for Jesus,
Who died upon the cruel tree?
To think of His great sacrifice at Calvary!
I know my Lord expects the best from me.
“The hours that I have wasted are so many
The hours I’ve spent for Christ so few;
Because of all my lack of love for Jesus,
I wonder if His heart is breaking too.
“I wonder have I cared enough for others,
Or have I let them die alone?
I might have helped a wanderer to the Savior,
The seed of precious Life I might have sown.
“No longer will I stay within the valley
I’ll climb to mountain heights above;
The world is dying now for want of someone
To tell them of the Savior’s matchless love.
“How many are the lost that I have lifted?
How many are the chained I’ve helped to free?
I wonder, have I done my best for Jesus,
When He has done so much for me?
“Have I Done My Best for Jesus?” -Ensign Edwin Young, Harry E. Storrs, nd