Ministry is a marathon: it’s not how you start in ministry; it’s how you finish.
If you look at 2 Corinthians 4:1-18, Paul gives seven suggestions for finishing the race:
Remember God’s mercy (v. 1): God has given us our ministries. We don’t have to prove our worth through our ministry, and we don’t have to wallow in our mistakes. You don’t have to earn your place as a pastor or leader in the church.
Be truthful and honest in all you do (v. 2): Maintain your integrity because integrity produces power in your life, while guilt zaps your energy. You need to finish with your character intact. Your integrity includes how you handle the Word of God. Don’t distort it or make it confusing.
Be motivated to work for Jesus’ sake, not out of selfish desires (v. 5): We need a right motivation. A lot of guys start off as servants and end up celebrities. You need to learn to live your life for an audience of one, and that one is Jesus Christ.
Realize that Christians are only human (v. 7): We must accept our limitations, and the quickest way to burn out is…Continue Reading