February 2, 2020

Ministry & The Wisdom Of God

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.

Romans 12.4-6a

The wisdom of God shows itself in many ways through His church.  We typically seek that wisdom in His revelation and teaching, but sometimes we see it in how He ordained things to work—the processes and procedures He ordained.  Such is the case with how He ordained the church to function.        

If we were to design a church, human wisdom would probably dictate that we all follow a prescribed path, fulfill the same function and minister in an ordered way, one that we would control. We would value compliance from the greatest to the least of us.  You see, we like control and conformity.  I have seen this principle at work in both the church and the business world.  If we can control the process, we can control the outcome. 

That wasn’t God’s perspective.  Instead, he gave us liberty, He recognized our uniqueness and empowered the individual to serve Him in a distinct way.  In doing so, He empowered not just the greatest among us, but the least of us.  We ALL can honor Him in our own, unique way.  Now, that is divine wisdom!

It is divine wisdom because it makes ministry the province of every believer.  Each one of us has a contribution to make and the WHOLE is completed only by the input and support of each part (see Eph 4.16).  So, the key to success is not what the articulators of  ministry are doing, but what the individual does in his own unique way to glorify God and tell God’s story in his own one-of-a-kind way.  Consequently, the whole story is a composite of our individual stories and the whole of ministry reflects the composite of thousands of tiny acts that the world would consider irrelevant.  So, a “cold cup of water given in His name” becomes a world changing moment because it is endorsed by the Creator Himself. 

There are no big acts or tiny acts in God’s economy.  There are just people telling God’s story in different ways and our efforts to channel or control it frustrates God’s divine wisdom.  So, go out and tell your story and add it to mine.  Be faithful in your tiny act of  kindness and add it to mine.  Then, let’s stand back and see how God uses it to His Glory.

Paul Dawson