“It seems to me that the key to an effective ministry is our own personal walk with God, our consistent closeness to Him or, as I once heard it put, ‘We are blessed not for what we do but for the direction in which we are moving’. In other words, if we are consistently making our own spiritual progress, advancing in Christlikeness, growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18), we will find that blessing follows.
It is not the most able who are blessed in their ministry, but the most holy. I recall a colleague who, humanly speaking, had very little going for him as far as ministry was concerned. He had not been blessed with brains; he couldn’t preach for toffee. Yet as I look back over his long ministry in four different places, I see a constant trail of blessing, of churches transformed and still growing to this day, of people drawn to Christ, of new ventures called into being and still flourishing. To the end he was still undersupplied with brains, still an indifferent preacher, but he was a man of transparent integrity who lived close to God. People could see it, and God blessed it.” Alec Motyer
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