(“Thoughts I Want To Leave Behind” is a collection of thoughts and impressions I want to leave behind as I begin to make my final pastoral transition.)
#11 The Endorsement Of Your Ministry
The endorsement of your ministry takes place when the supernatural presence of Jesus is made known. This is what Peter described on the Day of Pentecost when he told those assembled, “God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders and signs through him, as you well know.” The result of this endorsement – where God is miraculously present - is where the deepest and most culturally transforming events take place.
Revisit your priorities from time to time to make sure you have not reduced your ministry down to only doing good works in God’s name. It is too easy to slip into a form of ministry that ceases to contend for the supernatural things Peter described on the Day of Pentecost.
The good works you are doing are important, but they are limited in their ability to transform culture. Good works are only vehicles in which you travel that bring you face-to-face with human need. It is at this point of contact with human need where you will have the opportunity to call for the power of God to come and do things that good works alone can never accomplish. Your invitation will allow Jesus to come and endorse His supernatural presence in you ministry. This is the best endorsement you will ever receive.