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  • Writer's pictureJack Hager

>TO God or FOR God?

>As usual, great thought-provoking, repentance-leading, prayer-fueling stuff from MARK BATTERSON

“I read a verse that stopped me in my tracks this morning. The Holy Spirit arrested me. If I were completely honest, I’d have to admit that most of “my ministry” has been for God not to God. I don’t think that is just semantics. It’s a whole different paradigm. So many of us are so busy ministering for God that we rarely minister to God.

Ezekiel 44:16 wrecked me today: “They shall enter my sanctuary, and they shall approach my table, to minister to me, and they shall keep my charge.” Makes me think of the original commission in Matthew 10. Before Jesus “sent them out” he called them “to him.” I think one of the greatest dangers leaders face is this: we get focused on what God wants to do THROUGH us instead of what God wants to do IN us.

Are you ministering for God or to God?

I think it’s both/and, but you better prioritize ministry to God.”

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