(Expanding The Frontiers Of Knowledge)
In this piece, I’m not talking about mentoring in an holistic manner as it were but we’ll be looking at a critical aspect of ministry mentoring that galvanizes productivity in the work of the ministry.
You see, dear minister, in ministry, no matter what you know, someone somewhere knows more and better than you.
Sometimes our knowledge in ministry with respect to different aspects of ministry operations is not always absolute but relative.
You will always discover that in that area or aspect of ministry that you feel you’re very knowledgeable about, some other minister somewhere knows better than you.
And at times, it doesn’t just end at that level, that area you don’t know much about and which is a fundamental requirement for your next level, someone somewhere has a full grasp of it.
For this reason, you can’t sit on the same level; you will need to go to them that sell and buy for yourself – Matt.25:9.
One thing I don’t do in ministry is to pretend as if I know everything.
I’m not ashamed to seek understanding and clarification along grey areas in the work of the ministry, and that doesn’t show WEAKNESS; it is MEEKNESS.
And guess what the Word tells us about MEEKNESS:
The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
It is MEEKNESS of heart that qualifies you for learning in ministry.
I ask questions. I seek answers. I seek help. And I seek for clarifications when I’m not clear on any issue.
I have seen people in ministry who know next to nothing but their ego will not allow them to seek counsel and guidance.
You see, it doesn’t diminish you to seek for understanding and clarification in ministry; your ministry will be better for it.
Don’t be deceived by the kind of image you have in the public space – people perceive you as a great man of God, a repository of wisdom but here you are, dying of ignorance along certain areas of ministry.
Friend, go for knowledge. Knowledge gives you a edge in life. Knowledge reduces stress and facilitates your journey into destiny.
I want to share the story of three Bible subjects with you who proved themselves distinct along this line.
They are Moses, Mary and Paul. Great servants of the Most High God.
You see, Moses was a great man of God. The man whom God spoke to face to face. The man who was mighty in words and in deeds – Acts 7:22.
As a matter of fact, Moses was second to none in terms of face-to-face encounter with God according to the Bible.
We have this recorded about Moses after his death:
10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,
11 In all the signs and the wonders, which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all his servants, and to all his land,
12 And in all that mighty hand, and in all the great terror which Moses shewed in the sight of all Israel.
That was the man Moses. He was an enigma. He was a phenomenon. Indeed he was in a class by himself.
But this same great and mighty prophet of God did not know about MINISTRY ADMINISTRATION.
It took the intervention of Jethro, his father in law by divine orchestration to teach him about MINISTRY ADMINISTRATION.
Moses could have worn himself out. Moses could have been fatigued or entered into depression but for that timely counsel.
At a point in his ministry, the crowd was too much and he could not manage them effectively but Jethro the priest, his father in law taught him MINISTRY ADMINISTRATION.
Take a look at this:
17 And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.
18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.
19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:
20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.
21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.
23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.
24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.
25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.
26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.
27 And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.
But for that piece of counsel, Moses could have worn himself out and died prematurely and everybody would be blaming the devil.
We also have the story of Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Angel Gabriel appeared to her and told her about how she was going to give birth to the Messiah – Lk.1:26-38.
It was an encounter like no other. Although based on Bible history, this young lady came from a fairly religious background – she’s the daughter of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, but after that divine encounter with the angel of God, she quickly went to her cousin Elisabeth and stayed with her – now that’s MINISTRY MENTORING.
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;
40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.
Now why stay with Elizabeth for three months? You see, Elizabeth had been in ministry for years with her husband Zachariah, and definitely she would have put her through in many matters of spiritual protocol.
Don’t forget that Elizabeth didn’t have the kind of angelic encounter that Mary had; it was her husband Zachariah that the Angel Gabriel originally appeared to, yet Mary submitted herself to her for “mentoring”.
You remember all the prophetic drama that took place in her house the moment Mary saluted her?
I mean, she, under the Spirit of prophecy, repeated almost verbatim the words that Angel Gabriel gave to Mary – Lk.1:41-45.
The bottomline is that even though the innocent Mary had a great vision and divine visitation, she still learnt for three months under a woman who had been in ministry for many years – that’s MINISTRY MENTORING.
And then, we have the story of Paul. You remember his Salvation experience on the road to Damascus? Such a spectacular encounter!
The light of God’s glory shined around him and he heard the voice of Jesus Christ from Heaven – Acts 9:3-6
Yet after all of that, he went to stay with Apostle Peter for fifteen days.
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. note
Do you think they were just jisting and cracking jokes for fifteen days? No!
You see, Paul didn’t get to meet and see Christ in the flesh; he was still wining and dining with the devil as at that time but here was Peter who was part of the inner caucus of Jesus’ earthly ministry, so there were so many things for Paul to learn from Peter.
And I’m very sure that among other things, Peter would have told him about the encounter on the mount of transfiguration – Matt.17:1-5.
Paul needed Peter “more” in ministry because Peter was an eyewitness of Jesus’ earthly ministry and there’s something that those practical lessons Peter gleaned firsthand from the Master would do to the heart of Paul.
So, when we talk at length about Paul and eulogize his ministry, let’s not forget that at a time, he needed to be with Peter, the principal pillar of the early Church for fifteen days, and eventually, Peter, James and John perceived the grace of God upon his life and gave him the right hands of fellowship.
And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.
That’s what I call MINISTRY MENTORING!!!
Dear friend, no matter what you know, you still need to be mentored by those who have gone ahead of you in ministry.
Nothing beats mentoring in ministry. Therefore be determined to expand your frontiers of knowledge through sound and correct mentoring, for there are more lands to possess.
I trust this made little sense Sirs and Mas?
Do have a fabulous weekend!