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John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Fall 1985
The Purpose of Ministry
Wade E Taylor

All authentic ministry is a gift from the Lord, and is given for the building up of His Body, the Church.

Each time the word “ministry” appears in Scripture, it is coupled with the word “gift” in some manner. Some examples of this are: “He GAVE apostles” Eph 4:11; “Whereof I was made a minister, according to the GIFT of the grace of God” Eph 4:7; “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same” I Peter 4:10.

Many different types of ministers are needed to build up, and bring the Body of Christ to maturity. There are those who are called, and then set apart to the ministry. These ministries, as listed in Ephesians 4:11 are: Apostles; Prophets; Evangelists; Pastors and Teachers.

Along with these, there are other ministries that find their expression through the members of the Body of Christ. Some of these are: Speaking forth a quickened “Word” as an exhortation; A ministry of Prayer or Intercession; Sharing a personal testimony; Leading people to the Lord, or functioning in an “altar” ministry. All these, as well as others, are expressions of ministry that function through the members of the Body of Christ.

In addition, all ministries should be able to function in one or more of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will” I Cor 12:11. These gifts are: The Word of Wisdom; The Word of Knowledge; Faith; Gifts of Healing; Working of Miracles; Prophecy; Discerning of Spirits; Tongues; and the Interpretation of Tongues. I Cor 12:8-10

These gifts are to be sought after and used. “But covet earnestly the best gifts” I Cor 12:31a. “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal” I Cor 12:7. “How is it then, brethren? when you come together, EVERY ONE of you HATH ...” I Cor 14:26. It can be said that the “best gifts” are those that are not available at the time of need.

It is very important that we seek the Lord to find our PLACE of ministry in the Body of Christ. Then, we are to wait for the right time and opening for its expression. This latter part is very important, and many miss here.

Notice that I Cor 14:26 tells us that “every one of you HATH” rather than “sayeth.” If “what we have” will meet a need, or lift up the spirit of the meeting, and is edifying; then, with the cooperation of the leadership, it should be shared.

As we actively look to the Lord and wait upon Him, expecting to receive our portion of ministry, He will impart a ministry to us and provide the enabling power and the anointing for its expression. Then, no matter how limited or unqualified we may feel, as we are obedient in its use, the Lord will develop and perfect this ministry within us.

The Lord requires our faithfulness in the outworking of the ministry gift that has been given to us. This principle is confirmed in Matthew 25: 14-30 in the parable of the talents. “And unto one He gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability.

When those who had received the five talents returned with ten, He said to them: “WELL done (not much done), thou good (Godly) and faithful servant” Matt 25:21. A careful reading of this passage shows that the Lord required the return of the gift to Him with increase, and that He also expected their “faithfulness” in the outworking of what He had given to them.

Notice that His emphasis is on their “faithfulness” rather than on the increase that a ministry may produce. “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” I Cor 4:1-2.

He was telling them that the functioning (well done) of their ministry had produced “Godliness” (His image and likeness) in their lives. Therefore, the real and lasting reward was in what they had become as a result. “Thou good (godly) and faithful servant.”

What we “do” in ministry, is given to us as a “ministry gift.” We cannot be rewarded for what the Lord has accomplished through us. But, we can be rewarded for our “faithfulness” in being obedient to the outworking of this ministry, and for what it has produced in our lives as a result.

Thus, discovering and coming into the full expression of our ministry is not the final purpose of our having a ministry. There is something more. In Romans 8:28-29 we are told that we are “to be conformed to the image of His Son” and that He takes all things in our lives and then works them together toward this goal.

As we are faithful to the gift of ministry that He has given to us, He will faithfully use all of our efforts in the outworking of our ministry, as a means to change us into the image and likeness of His Son.

Not only will we be spiritually matured through the functioning of our ministry, but along with this His purposes will be accomplished in the Body of Christ, and among the un-saved, as the Gospel is proclaimed. “His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints, that they should do the work of ministering toward the building up of Christ's Body, the Church” Eph 4:12 Amplified.

Ministry is the Lords deposit of Himself in the members of His Body. Have you discovered your ministry? Do you function in it? Can it be said by the Lord that you are a faithful steward of the ministry gift that you have received?

If not, do not delay any longer, accept the ministry gift that is waiting for you, and begin to function in His Body. Your eternal state, as well as the lives of many others is dependent upon this.

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