This Bible Study is taken from Chapter Two of "Working The Works of God" By Andrew M. Nkoyoyo
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18)
THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT all believers are ministers. The Greek definition of the word “minister” as used in the New Testament simply means to serve, or to be a servant. Without an understanding of such servitude, we will not be able to fulfill the Great Commission, which is to reach the world with the Good News. Without the heart of a servant, we will fail to manifest the works of God.
Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:26-28)
We find in this portion of Scripture that Jesus used the word “minister” and “servant” interchangeably. This means that in order for you to be a true minister, you have to be a servant. You have to be willing to lay down your life to meet the needs of others. Are you prepared to pour out energy, time, money, talent and skills, and all that you have, to benefit and help others?
Jesus Himself gave us an example of a true minister by laying down His own life so that you and I may be saved. Whether you are a doctor, lawyer, nurse, grocery clerk, businessman, teacher or construction worker, you are a minister.
The Secret of Humility
True humility is agreement with the truth, which is the Word of God. Humility is the first step on the ladder of excellence and success, both in life and in ministry.
Jesus, before coming to the earth, was God full of glory. Yet, He humbled Himself and came to earth, was born into a poor family, walked on earth, and lived a normal human life like everyone else. In doing this, He obeyed and fulfilled the will of His Father in Heaven. While on earth, Jesus was 100 percent God and 100 percent man, in covenant with God, the Father. Jesus said to His disciples:
My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. (John 4:34)
I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with your father. (John 8:38)
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one. (John 10:27-30)
In these verses, Jesus explained to His disciples what brings satisfaction in life and the key to releasing the supernatural. The key is doing the will of the Father, God. Jesus could have refused the Father’s will, but He humbled Himself and was born in the poorest of places – a manger – and grew up as a carpenter’s son. But, in the fullness of time, He started His public ministry: preaching, teaching, healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons and cleansing lepers. As His fame went abroad, He experienced rejection, was despised, betrayed and sold for only 30 pieces of silver by one of His own disciples. He died the most shameful and painful death one could possibly die – on the cross between two criminals. He was mocked and crucified, naked on the cross. But God raised Him from the dead and exalted Him.
But [Jesus] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:7-11)
Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ (1 Peter 5:5)
True humility is being in agreement with what the Holy Spirit calls and leads us to do, and then doing it. Most of the time we want to do things that we are familiar, comfortable or have experience with. But there are times when God wants us to humble ourselves and be obedient to what His Spirit is saying – even if it is new to our way of thinking.
Beloved, God wants us to depend on Him and allow Him to work His works through us.
Next week we continue with chapter Two: CALLED TO DEMONSTRATE HIS POWER! Part Two.