Last Sunday a Pastor John Harper prayed for me after the service, and spoke words that I had just read in the Bible just days before. Has that ever happened to you? The Holy Spirit had been speaking to me about the 4 Facets of Ministry within Ezekiel 1:10. It’s one creature, yet with 4 faces…
THE MAN= RELATABILITY
Ministry is serving people, and people can’t relate to someone who “pontificates”, and “waxes eloquent”, they need something they can grasp. Also, Man refers to the human side of the minister – the Husband, the Dad, the Friend.
THE LION= RULING & REIGNING
As a Youth Pastor God has given you authority, and He expects you to exercise it with boldness, wisdom, maturity, and responsibility. Christ in you is the Lion of Judah! And remember that He’s never out of control, and He knows what to do.
THE OX= WORKING & PRODUCING
The Youth Pastor is not just a preacher who works kids up into a frenzy, and then sits back in hi office watching YouTube videos. No, he’s a minister of the Gospel who works hard. The Bible says,
” It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth.” [Lam. 3:27]
And through that hard work he produces results, and brings forth much fruit.
And then lastly, one of my favorite facets of ministry…
THE EAGLE= SEEING & SOARING
As Youth Pastors we need to see into the future. You might say, “Pastor Robb, that sounds a bit New-Age-y.” Not at all. For Jesus Himself declared in John 16:13…
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
God has positioned us to see from a different vantage-point than the youth we’re ministering to. And it’s as we take time to be alone with Jesus that He will begin to speak to us – giving us fresh vision and fresh revelation, which will also be confirmed by His Word. It’s then that we’ll begin to soar. Joy will fill our hearts, and faith will be released, and we will have clear direction about where we’re going.
To sum things up :: Make sure you’re balanced in these 4 areas. If you’re a bit lop-sided ask God to help you become more complete in each area, and you’ll begin to see tremendous results!