Re-reading Colossians 1:24-29 this week, I am reminded of this truth. We are all ministers.
A minister is a person through which something is accomplished. There is no question that Paul, the other apostles and the disciples were ministers. They accomplished many things, things that we can still see the results of today.
The thing I have to remember is that before we can accomplish anything for God, He needs to accomplish something in us. He needs us to surrender to Him as our savior, our redeemer, our teacher, and our Lord. Then and only then can we be given a commission.
This commission gives us an identity and a purpose. Paul identified himself as a divinely appointed steward/administrator (1:25), a word widely used in the Roman world for the administrator of an estate or a large household. His purpose was to make the word of God fully known (1:25).
Paul continues by saying more about what it means for one to fully know the word of God, and that is to embrace the mystery that was hidden for ages and generations but now is revealed to the saints (1:26). And this mystery is Christ in us (1:27).
Paul is saying that God himself, in the person of Christ, will be personally present in the lives of His people and this was to be news to Jews and Gentiles alike, so that there would be one unified people of God (Philippians 3:2-6). These unified people would then go, discerning and shooting to accomplishing God’s will (Romans 12:2).
Our charge is really no different. As Oswald Chambers once said, “The goal of the missionary is to do God’s will, not to be useful or to win the lost. A missionary is useful and he does win the lost, but that is not his goal. His goal is to do the will of his Lord.”
We are all ministers. That is we should be people through which something is accomplished. And let us make that “something” God’s will, individually and collectively.
Brad Winklesky serves on the Hospitality Team at VLC. He currently serves as the Director of the Managed Services Program for ServIT, Inc (a technology and Managed Service Provider headquartered in Kennesaw, GA). He enjoys reading, spending time with his family and anything to do with technology.