Favoring Effective Ministry Over Expediency – The Jesus Model

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In ministry it seems the responsibilities pile up and rarely does it go the other way around. I sometimes wonder in my own ministry if I am involved in too much. It is so hard to focus on what is most important when you have things that have to get done and often it seems most expedient to just do them yourself. What ends up happening is that you take these things on indefinitely with no exit strategy. What is worse, no one is equipped to carry these things on in the future. Honestly, maybe some of those things aren’t worth carrying on or else we would be passionate about finding long term solutions. In other words, we hate passing things on to others that we don’t really think are worthwhile in the first place…and yet we personally busy ourselves with those same things!

I wonder what would happen if I spent more time equipping and less time “getting stuff done”. I wonder what would happen if I spent more time ministering with people and less time ministering to people. You worry that if you neglect the crowd for the sake of the few that you will become too exclusive or that you will hurt people’s feelings and so you spread yourself too thin. If I take a good honest look at the ministry of Jesus I can see that he valued his time equipping the few over the fanfare of the crowd. He didn’t worry about what people thought in the moment. He didn’t do it because it was the expedient way to get his message to the masses. Preaching for months straight outside the temple in Jerusalem would have gained him a huge audience. He didn’t do that. The model of equipping ministry and discipling he did do was done because that would most effectively spread the kingdom in the years, decades and centuries to come. Do I really think I am smarter or better at ministry than Jesus or am I just staying busy and expedient?

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