On Thursday, I wrote that there was something terribly wrong with my ministry: it was about me getting credit with people. But I knew something was missing. This video, from Chuck Wood, asks the fundamental question that I wasn't asking myself.
Chuck says that we need to ask those we're discipling, “How are you becoming more like Jesus?” If someone had asked me that two months ago, I might have said all kinds of things, but today I'd probably tell you that I hadn't become any more like Jesus in a long time. I was doing all the stuff, because that's just what you do. Because I was supposed to to it. I don't even know why I was doing it. But it made other people think I was good, and that made me feel good about myself.
So now, my Sabbath is over, and I want to get back to serving Christ through ministry. But I want to become more like Jesus as I do it, and that makes it more difficult, because I can't just rely on others’ perceptions of whether I'm like Christ or not. I have to actually learn and apply His word and His ways to my life. Because He is the Way (John 14:6).