We have made a mistake in determining who should be involved in the work of ministry. When identifying laborers for the vineyard, we should look for conviction, character, and competency. Most look for only the last! God is not looking for the strongest, but the one whose knowledge of him shapes those traits listed above. In fact, he uses what is weak in order that he might be glorified.
Regardless of how we serve, is our ministry marked by our weakness? Do we understand that spiritually, we walk with a limp? The ministry given to us is not our ministry; it is not a way for us to be involved in the church. Everything we do should point to Jesus who died for us. If our ministries point to ourselves or are an impediment to seeing Jesus, then we mistake ourselves for being strong.
Are we embracing the person and work of Jesus Christ and the sure testimony of the Bible? Are our lives a reflection of these gospel convictions? And last and least, do we have the abilities to undertake the ministry given to us? Without conviction and character, competency is for naught.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. … God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6, 8)
Almighty God, who willest to be glorified in thy saints to be a light in the world; Shine in our hearts, that we may show forth thy praise, who hast called us out of darkness into thy marvelous light; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.