My past few years in ministry have been incredibly awesome, incredibly hard, and easily the best years I’ve had yet. It has been so great to look back and reflect on all of the successes and… not successes that I’ve had in years past and see how much God has taught me along the way. I thought I would share five tips to other fellow believers that I have learned.
TIP #1: People are really going through trying times. As believers, we need to pray but we also need to do more than say a simple prayer. Sometimes the “I’m praying you” churchy response, needs to turn into a “How may I help you” response. If you have the time, energy, resources or finances to help someone in need, do it. Life is about SERVING, rather than expecting to be served.
TIP #2: More souls will be won over when we can be HONEST & TRANSPARENT about HOW we made it through, rather than just telling people to just trust God through it. If you’ve had the opportunity to share your past and didn’t, you may need to ask yourself is it still in your present. When we are truly free from bondage, our testimony becomes the HEART of our purpose and ministry. Forgive people, love people, and represent Christ in front of people.
TIP #3: When dealing with others going through, don’t forget who you used to be and what you used to do. They need the same love, grace, and the word of God just like you did.
TIP #4: If you’re ONLY around other believers, how can you make a difference in the lives of unbelievers? Please stop misquoting (2 Corinthians 6:14) just so that you don’t have to be around or deal with unbelievers. Be sure to read (1 Corinthians 5:9,10) We’re called to be LIGHT in the midst of darkness. True ministry is about helping ALL to a closer walk with Jesus, rather than just fellowshipping with other believers who have already trusted Him with their life.
TIP #5: Get Yo’self some accountability and covering in your life. A believer with NO accountability & covering can be just as dangerous as an unbeliever with a wicked & blackened heart. YouTube, SocialCam, & Social Networking ministries may give you a good word from time to time, but we need REAL & sincere people in our lives to love us, correct us in love, and encourage us on the regular basis. While iron sharpens iron, ISOLATION from other believers gives the enemy the opportunity to steer you away from Christ. We’re stronger as a BODY of Christ, rather than ONE soul shouting “All I need is Jesus and nobody else.”
What are some of the lessons that God has taught you along the way that you could share with other believers?