Throughout churches and small groups today, there is a misperception of what it means to do the ministry and who it is to be done by. All too often, members of churches view the ministry as the “pastor’s job”. While the shepherd over that flock is called to do the ministry and to serve, his job is not to do the entire ministry. Take a look at what Paul has to say in Ephesians 4:11-13 in light of this subject,
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Drawing from this passage, the pastor’s service is to train and equip the believers. Notice why believers are equipped—for the work of the ministry. See, we need to drive ourselves away from the serve us attitude and set our direction on a service attitude. You should not constantly be asking yourself, “What is the church doing for me?” but rather “What am I doing for the church?” To serve God means to love God. By serving, we mature in our faith and relationship with Jesus Christ just as Paul points out in verse 13. We follow Christ by serving Him and obeying His commands.
It can be so easy to fall into the mindset of being served. It is self-comfort. But if we truly want to embrace the Kingdom’s Cause life and want to become more like the Savior, then we need to do as He did.
“Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.” -Matthew 20:28