How Can the Cross Motivate Your Ministry? -- By: George M. Bowman

Journal: Reformation and Revival
Volume: RAR 05:1 (Winter 1996)
Article: How Can the Cross Motivate Your Ministry?
Author: George M. Bowman


How Can the Cross Motivate Your Ministry?

George M. Bowman

What actually motivates us to serve the Lord? I ask this because many of those in the ministry—even in the Reformed ministry—are working from the wrong motives. Some are motivated to make a name for themselves. Others are preaching or teaching or writing primarily to earn money. Some want to attract large audiences. Building their own little ecclesiastical empires over which they can be the authority motivates some. Then there are those who desire to impress people with their theological knowledge. Christian ministers, educators and writers who are wrongly motivated are way off track. They have forgotten that Paul’s most powerful motive for dedicating his life to the ministry was the Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“But may it never be that I should boast,” he said, “except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Gal. 6:14).

Under the assumption that some who read this could be preaching, teaching or writing for the wrong reasons, I submit that you cannot hope to solve your problem without striving to gain a more accurate view of the Cross of Jesus Christ. We all need that view because there is nothing like the Cross of Christ to motivate us to live for Him and devote ourselves to His service.

Whether you area minister, educator, missionary or writer, you can witness the evangelistic and edifying power of the cross in your ministry. You can increase your influence in the lives of those within the radius of your spiritual guidance by acting on these suggestions about the Cross of Christ.

Stimulate Your Mind with the Nature of the Cross

Before we can understand the nature of Christ’s sacrifice, we have to acknowledge that trying to keep the law cannot save anyone. In fact, the very existence of the law defines sin and condemns the whole world as guilty before God. Some argue that we should use the Old Testament law to convict

men of their sin and guilt. But Paul’s intense study of the law did not convict him of his sin. In fact, under the law, he thought he was blameless. It took a direct revelation from God in Christ crucified and risen to show him the true nature of his sin. Convicting men of their sin is not the work of the law. According to Christ, conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8).

Three facts about the law demonstrate its inability to make any contribution to the Salvation of sinners. First, the law revealed sin to be exceedingly sinful. Second,...

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