Not only are we called to live a life of worship unto the Lord; we are called to fellowship with Him. How amazing that is! Fellowship means that we walk in a close relationship with our Lord, in regular two-way communication with Him. The key to any successful relationship is not just communication, but meaningful two-way communication.
THE PURPOSE IS SPIRITUAL
The heart of the Father toward us is clearly demonstrated through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Jesus reflected the glory of the Father, we as ministers of the Gospel are called to do the same. Our motivation for ministry must be the same as Jesus’ was. His love was born out of a love for the Father and those whom the Father loves.
We are to be like Jesus in both character and motivation. This is an important point. It is not enough to walk in the character of Christ, as important as character is. We must also be motivated, from our hearts, by love.
The love of Christ in our hearts is not a mental or intellectual pursuit; rather, it comes as a result of a transformation of our human, sin-filled nature. We love Jesus and those He loves, because He first loved us.
The change that takes place in us is spiritual in nature. We are not talking about just a changed mind (repentance) or learning new ideas. When we are born again, our very nature is changed. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2Cor 5:17; see also 2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 3:10). This change is a spiritual transformation. It begins at the moment of believing in Jesus Christ for salvation and continues on into eternity.
Many pastors and leaders are so driven by process (doing the work of ministry) that they forget their primary purpose and abandon their spiritual roots. As a result, they begin to lean more and more on their own understanding and strength. They begin to read books and listen to teaching tapes in order to imitate the success of others in the ministry. The goal of the minister gradually changes into one of personal “success”, rather than to serve Christ and follow His plan for them.
A pastor may begin to imitate methods to try and gain success, instead of walking with the Lord and getting fresh revelation from Him. “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal 3:3). The Galatian church had fallen into the same trap as so many others: trying to fulfill a spiritual calling by relying on human plans and effort.
PROCESS: CONFIDENCE IN OUR CALLING
When we accept and embrace our highest purpose – to worship God and walk with Him as sons – we can then more effectively fulfill our assignment or calling from God.