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"Understanding the heart of God for people and for all that He created is of great importance when working with people. As ministers of the Gospel of Christ we are called to represent God before people, we are called and equipped to tell them who He is, show them what He is like, help them understand what He has to say to them, and to do it not only in our preaching and teaching, but in the actions of how we live before them. 

And so it must be that in light of who He is, not only in His love, but in all of who He is, that we need to take a very serious look at what it means to be a minister of the Lord and what our responsibility is before Him. Our actions toward Him, and towards other people, is of the utmost importance and cannot be taken lightly.

To touch people in anyway is to touch the very heart of God and what it is that He holds dear.  He is a God of love, that is absolutely true, and we see that we need to know and believe that first and foremost. But, that truth does not nullify the fact that He is still God, and all God. 

He will, and absolutely must, function according to all that He is in being God, and to do it according to His Holiness, His righteousness, His power, His Might and His right to be God . 

He, (they), sit as God, King, and Lord over all of life and creation, and He will always be God over it all and must do accordingly. So all the aspects of the Godhead, His Lordship etc, must be received, honored and properly responded to. We cannot take one part of Him and throw out the rest because those parts seem unloving to us. 

He sees all of life in it's entirety and to it's very depths, and since He knows all things, and must in the end respond to all things, dealing with sin, rebellion and all harm, we need to understand that the things that are unpleasent to us, the things about Him that seem hard to us, are really working to help and protect everything in the end. 

We must take our actions, our response to Him, the ministry as well as other people with all sincerity. We know that His word tells us so many things about how to live in this world, how to conduct ourselves, and we also know what it says if we try to get by with things and hide them, "Your sin will find you out," and so we need to live under the protection of His love by living and doing right.

Everyone will stand before Jesus Christ one day. At the Judgement Seat of Christ for the unrighteous it will be to give account for their lives, which will be a judgement unto eternal death because they have not received Jesus and are still in their sins. And for the saved, the righteous ones who will be welcomed into heaven, it will be to give account for their lives after they received Jesus. 

So for someone who knows Christ having been saved by faith, truly believing in Him, those people know without doubt that Jesus is Lord and God and that they will one day very soon be standing before Him. That should give everyone, especially leaders, great pause as to how they conduct themselves in this world, and especially how they treat people, the thing most dear to the heart of God.  

And so, what I have written to leaders below, speaks to the seriousness of how we are to handle the ministry and people. You cannot read God's word, look to the leadership He has called for without getting an understanding that He expects His leaders to live right, respond properly to people and do nothing that brings a reproach to His name. 
He doesn't just want or hope that leaders will do so, He expects them to. He has spoken it, had it written down for us, had it taught to us from His leaders of the past and He has commanded us to do so. 

There will be no excuses in the end so we must be found faithful when we stand before Him. We must end up  having lived right, or at the very least least recognize our wrongs and needs, go to Him with a humble repentant heart so that we receive the forgiveness we need for our sins and live right before God and man.

Then when we stand before Him we will have nothing to hear from Him except "Good and Faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord."

 
Written by Ellen Burgoyne  2/26/2011

© Used by permission only!
1 Peter 5 - To the Elders and the Flock

1. To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 

2. Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 

3. Not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 

4. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. 

5. In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 

6. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 

7. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 
“Touching the Thing Most Dear To the Heart of God”
                                                                                      2 CHRONICLES 16:9

   For the eyes f the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of                                                                                                              them whose heart is perfect towards him.

I think of the scripture that says this in Psalms 139:1-18 

1.    O Lord, you have searched me* and you know me.  
2.    You know when I sit and when I rise;* you perceive my thoughts from afar.  
3.    You discern my going out and my lying down;* you are familiar with all my ways. 
4.    Before a word is on my tongue* you know it completely, 0 Lord. 
5.    You hem me in, behind and before;* you have laid your hand upon me. 
6.    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,* too lofty for me to attain. 
7.    Where can I go from your Spirit?* Where can I flee from your presence? 
8.    If I go up to the heavens, you are there;* if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 
9.    If I rise on the wings of the dawn,* if I settle on the far side of the sea, 
10.  Even there your hand will guide me,* your right hand will hold me fast. 
11.  If I say, "surely the darkness will hide me* and the light become night around me," 
12.  Even the darkness will not be dark to you;* the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 
13.  For you created my inmost being,* you knit me together in my mother's womb. 
14.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made,* your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 
15.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.* When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 
16.  Your eyes saw my unformed body.* All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 
17.  How precious to me are your thoughts, 0 God!* How vast is the sum of them! 
18.  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.* When I awake, I am still with you. 
The question then becomes, "With it being so serious, how is it that we have so many problems in the church, with so many leaders not doing as they should and causing trouble?" There are those who are  abusing, neglecting, and are doing real and sometimes great damage.  And as I travel on in ministry I see the problem is increasing not decreasing. It can only be determined then that too many of them are not taking it serious at all, and that they have not read any of these kinds of scriptures lately. 

The truth is, that when people's hearts are not right, they stay as far away as possible from the scriptures that speak to them and to their sin, or, thay turn it and only see it to be speaking to ther people's lives and not their own. It is called self denial!

Anyone called to the full time ministry, who knows anything at all knows that this is a position of great importance and that the Lord is not only watching over His word to perform it, but He is watching over His people as well. He is especially watching His leaders to see how they are treating His people and others, to see how they are conducting themselves. 

These scriptures speak directly to some of the most important issues to the minister, to his or her heart motives and to their character. Not taking them serious, or assuming they somehow don’t or won’t apply to them, is why we have the problems in the church that we do. 

Too many ministers embrace for themselves the scriptures that speak to God’s love for them, of His forgiveness to them, of how He has promised to provide for them. And, for many ministers, the ones that say they can receive their money from the ministry. 

But the very truths that are there for them are often the very things that they misuse and abuse. Many in the ministry either enter, or fall prey later, to the love of money and are very greedy for gain. They then use the people in any number of ways in order to get what they want or what they tell themselves they need. They heep unto themselves not only money and things, but the sin that goes with it all, and cause great damage to God's people and the world.  

A wrong heart will cause you to not only use the ministry and the things of it for yourself,  but that wrong heart will cause you to misuse and  abuse the very people that you have been given charge over,  those that you are called to care for and protect. 

Ministers have to understand that the ministry is not theirs; it is the Lord’s, and they have just been given the great privilege of working with Him in. , they money, and all that pertains to it belongs only to the Lord and we dare not touch, hurt, or hinder what belongs to Him. 

The people are not theirs, they belong to the Lord. The money is not theirs, it is the people’s money, and then it belongs to the Lord when the people give it in tithes and offerings, salaries, etc. The minister shares in the money, but they must be good and faithful stewards of that money, for the Kingdom, and the people’s sake, and then for their own personal relationship with the Lord. They are to be faithful to Him in all things!

The position, the power and the authority have only been given to them to be used on His behalf, and they must realize that they are accountable as to how they use it all.  

The most important thing about it all is this; the ministry is the way and vehicle of the Lord to meeting the many needs of the people. His heart is for the people and it is His heart that all things be done decent and according to His ways so that the people and their lives go well. 

People are the thing most dear to the heart of God, and it cannot be that we, who are called by Him, to help Him bring them His heart, help and care, would in any way use them, abuse them or hurt them. 

He will deal with all of His leaders in the end so we cannot take it lightly. And He will forgive all who come to Him with humble, honest, and repentance hearts when we do it wrong, or cause a problem, but we must go to Him and deal with it.

Ministers need His love just as much as anyone else does, and they need us to give them all the help, grace and mercy that we need want in our lives. But all who serve the Lord  must not take it lightly and would do very well to embrace the truth of that and never forget it!


Written by Ellen Burgoyne 2/11/2011

© Used by permission only!
And this one in Hebrews 4:12

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 

13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 


"There is no greater honor than to be called to the ministry; there is no higher calling that a person can receive. It is the most important position in all of life, with the most important work to do and will bring you the greatest satisfaction and blessing. 

The ministry of the Lord is not only an exciting and wonderful thing to be a part of, but it is also the most humbling, or should be. For the Lord to call someone to the ministry, a ministry of any kind and especially to the full time ministry, is something that cannot be taken lightly. 

Yet I think it must be true that too many of the men and women who go into ministry, go there without an understanding of the heart of God toward it. They too often go there without a sober enough understanding of just how serious it is.  

Too often people look at life, and the many things of it from their own view point, from their own personal outlook and opinion instead of seeing it from His. When it comes to the ministry, they too often do not take into account God, and His place in it all and because of that they make a huge mistake.  

Too often those who stand in the ministry forget that the Lord is always watching them; always aware of everything they do or say, that He is always listening and is aware of their deepest heart thoughts and motives. That nothing is kept or separated from Him and that He has a perfect memory, He never forgets anything! "