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THE PROFILE OF A MINISTER (HIS MATURITY)

TORCHBEARERS MINISTRIES INT.
ARTICLE BY APOSTLE JOSEPH MINTAH
MINISTRY MONDAY

Today I want to start a new series on the profile of a minister. In this series we will take about 13 Ms of a minister. Today we start with the Maturity of a minister. Ministry is not for novices. God will always train you before He sends you. The Bible teaches us that a man of God must be thoroughly furnished.

2 Timothy 3:16
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” “That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

God believes in training. The training takes place in your heart. God uses His Word, His Spirit and circumstances to train your heart to be able to do what He has called you to so.

Before God called Moses, He took him to the backside of the desert to train him. Moses was trained in Egypt as a soldier. But God wanted to lead the people of Israel with a shepherd not a soldier. So He trained Moses as a shepherd. For forty years Moses was taking care of his father in law’s sheep. That was God, preparing Him for the assignment He has for him.

Maturity of character is very crucial for ministry. God’s order is that you become born again, go through Christian discipleship where you are taught the fundamental principles of Christianity, grow in knowledge and grace, start serving in a local Church and be equipped for ministry.

Many people jumped into preaching and other ministry related stuff simply because they were called by God. They didn’t know that the call of God is first unto Himself before the people you have been called to. Don’t start running simply because you heard a call. After the call, there is training. People don’t go about calling themselves Doctors and taking care of the sick just because they got admission into medical school. After the admission, you must be trained, tested and trusted to be able to handle a patient. In the same vein the man or woman of God must be thoroughly equipped. He must not be a novice who suddenly finds himself leading because he is gifted. Your giftedness doesn’t make you ready for ministry. It is the call and training of God.

Maturity is seen in so many things. It is seen in one’s understanding and application of scriptures (Heb 5:12). It is seen in one’s ability to control himself (2 Tim 2:20-24). It is seen in how one handles opposition and persecutions that come because of the ministry ( 2 Tim 2:5). It is seen in how one speak (1 Cor 13:11, Col 4:6). It is seen in how you relate to different kinds of people (1 Tim 5:1-2).

In summary, the man of God must be a matured Christian. God bless you.

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