Duty or love
When ministry is motivated by mere Christian duty, goals can be achieved but it’s hard to keep up the smile as ministry like life isn’t always fun.
But when we do it because we love Jesus and count it a great privilege to know him and serve him by serving others with the Gospel then the amazing joy we find in knowing him will flow when working in him and for him.
As we find it as great joy to know him then we joyfully live and serve him. If not then we need to know him more and we will surely love him more and enjoy serving his people in love.
16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him Ephesians 1…15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4.
In a few words, we become better and happy servants when we are mature servants who know (and are growing in his knowledge) and so love serving their master by speaking his truth in love.
Apostle Paul must have known him for in his epistles we see how he loved and enjoyed serving him despite the circumstances.
21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.
~Reflection from Ephesians and Philippians and doing ministry in 2017