Serving through Education

Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God. (1 Timothy 1:4 NLT)

I am a third generation Salvation Army officer (minister). For three generations, my family has been sharing and showing the love of God in the places where they lived and were sent. Of those three generations, I am the only one who completed my education beyond high school. My grandfather encouraged my parents to go further and they both took many classes beyond high school. My parents encouraged me too further and I completed my college education and in the future, plan to complete my Masters.

While I believe there is value in furthering your education and value in family tradition, if it does not lead people to faith, then it is meaningless. My grandparents and my parents are effective ministers in the places where God sent them, even without the education that I have received. I am effective in the places where God has sent me with the education that I have received. My education and “spiritual pedigree” exists to serve God and His people. If anything, I believe that increased education and understanding only increases our responsibility to go where God sends us and to serve where God places us.

My gifts and abilities, and your gifts and abilities, exist for God and God alone.

Soli Deo Gloria!

God-pleasers

Galatians 1:10 NLT – “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”

God-pleasers

Although Paul does not come right out and say it, this is a warning to teachers and preachers of God’s Truth.  Before this verse, there is a passage about a curse upon people who incorrectly teach or represent the Good News.

I suppose that there is a trap for ministers to tell people only what they want to hear or only what we think will not upset them.  With increased attention on the size of congregations and the amount of offerings, an unhappy parallel can begin to form.  If we tell people what they do not want to hear, then they stop coming to church, we have lost another member of our congregation.  I do not see the position of a minister as one of only challenging the wrongs of others.  But, truth is truth.  We can speak the truth in love for the building up of God’s Kingdom.

For the sake of Christ and the Good News, we must be willing to say what God lays on our hearts, no matter whether people approve of us or not.

If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

Soli Deo Gloria!