How Can You Hinder Your Ministry?

“It is a mistake to measure spiritual maturity merely by the presence of gifts. By themselves they are an inadequate basis for a man’s lasting influence to God. They may be present and they may be valuable, but the Spirit’s object is something far greater — to form Christ in us through the working of the cross. His goal is to see Christ inwrought in believers. So it is not merely that a man does certain things or speaks certain words, but that he is a certain kind of man. He himself is what he preaches. Too many want to preach without being the thing themselves, but in the long run it is what we are, and not simply what we do or say, that matters with God; and the difference lies in the formation of Christ within.” -Watchman Nee
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Often we can be our own worst enemies (2 Timothy 2:25). Although this quote focuses on preaching, it can just as easily apply to serving. God does not just want people who can interpret, He wants people who live what they interpret. God does not just want people who can teach, He wants people who can practice what they preach. Every single one of us has fallen short of this at one time or another. Our hands or our mouths are saying one thing and our lives are not following suit, and we hinder our ministry. So, let me ask you one question. What can we do about it? The answer: “the difference lies in the formation of Christ within.”
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