If you are a Pastor, or, Ministry Leader, or you want to grow up to be one,
are you growing in character and ministry skills or are you stuck?
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There is a clear call in the Scriptures for every believer to continue growing in the Lord. More of Christ must continue to be formed in us overtime, as more of the weaknesses of our carnal man must be put away, as we choose to lay our sinful nature on the altar to be consumed by the flames of God’s Holiness.
This never-ending process of “less of me and more of you Lord” is a must for every believer and absolutely essential for every leader.
An outflow of the need for ongoing inner cleansing and sanctification is the process of becoming better in not only who we are in Christ, but also what we do for Christ, through the Anointing He gave us for the work of ministry.
The character of Christ in us, and the Anointing for the ministry, are both essential, and must be in balance, but they are not enough on their own. We also need to be good at what we do.
In fact, we need to become better overtime. If we remain stagnant as time goes by, that is a sign that we are not healthy; a sign that there is a problem in some area of our walk with Christ.
Our whole life and ministry must be an example for others to follow, so that we may be able to say, as Ap. Paul, “imitate me as I imitate Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). We need to be leaders who the people of God can imitate and follow.
Therefore, we must also be role-models of constant change and continuous growth for the better. We need to set the example and motivate our people to continue moving forward in the life of transformation, sanctification, and becoming better in all things and in all areas concerning our life of faith.
What manifests through us is (or, should be) the glory of God. If there is no growth, there is no glory, but a sign of stagnant waters and lack of health.
This self-test that I have prepared here serves the purpose of helping us (mainly Pastors and leaders), to evaluate ourselves. It is in fact a practical way to apply the principle of self-examination that Ap. Paul spoke about:
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves [as to] whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves [i.e. if you are qualified]. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? Unless indeed you are disqualified. 6 But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified.
This call to “examine ourselves” is important in that it helps us to remain focused on what really matters and makes a difference, so that we do not end up being disqualified. Self-evaluation is an important process for our own sakes, to know if we are making the needed progress, when it comes to what we need to do to become better in who we are, and at what we do.
We are called to be qualified in all things, lest we end up disqualified. That is why this self-test is a practical way to measure our spiritual condition, to know the degree to which we remain qualified. That is, to find out if we are (still) healthy, when it comes to our spiritual walk in the life of faith in Christ.
We cannot become better at what we do unless we first become better as a person that reflects the character of Christ in every-day life. It is the Christ in us that needs to be manifest in who we are, what we do and how we do it.
This self-evaluation guide may be of help for us to evaluate ourselves in that regard. The questions of this self-test may also provide a strong motivation for us to continue growing in Christlikeness and in the outworking of our ministry.