• Bishop Keith Butler

Ministers’ Judgment

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

(James 3:1)

When I speak to young ministers, I understand that sometimes they have stars in their eyes. It’s exciting to be called to preach and teach the Word of God. How wonderful it is to stand in the pulpit and flow with the Holy Spirit and watch people get saved, healed, and delivered! However, I also caution young ministers about the severity with which God will judge them if they get off course.

Those called to the five-fold ministry of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher (Ephesians 4:11) can’t get away with anything. They may think they can for a while, but God will judge them more severely than others.

The most critical factor in serving God in ministry is doing what He has called you to do. I often tell young ministers that they shouldn't decide to follow a particular plan for ministry because another pastor did such-and-such and built a big church. No! A pastor should get his directions from the Holy Ghost and do precisely what God has called him to do.

Men tend to evaluate ministries by the number of television appearances, the number of books sold, the size of the crowds, or the value of real estate they own. However, what man calls success is not necessarily success in God's eyes. If God called you to minister to orphans on the Navajo reservation, but you build a big, expensive church in the middle of Detroit, you have failed miserably. Your building may be beautiful and full, but if you haven't fulfilled what God called you to do, you have failed, and your judgment will be more severe than the person who sits in your pews.

Practical Application – Pray for apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Pray that the eyes of their understanding are filled with light, and they know and follow God's perfect will for their ministry. 



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