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Lessons from #CPC13: Is Your Ministry an Idol?

“Cast Down Our Idols”
 
As promised I am going to share some of the lessons I learned from CPC 2013. This was my first CPC so I can’t say how it compared to previous years, but I can say that it was awesome and that God really used it to speak to me.
 
On Friday night while worshiping after the last speaker of the day we sang the song “Give Us Clean Hands”. The lyrics going into the chorus read like this:
 
We turn our eyes
From evil things
Oh Lord we cast down our idols.
 

This is the moment that God chose to speak to me. As clear as it could have been without actually hearing an audible voice God told me, as I sang this, that my ministry had become an idol. On the surface this sounds like a strange thought. I mean, after all, we minister out of a desire to serve God so how can our ministry become an idol. Well, Exodus 20:4-5 says, “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them” This tells me that ANYTHING can become and idol to us. At the end of the day, anything that we put in a higher place in our lives than God is an idol.

 
Well, it was clear to me that I had placed my ministry at a higher place in my life that God.
  • I spent more time thinking about my ministry than I did about God.
  • I spent more time working on my ministry than I did my relationship with God.
  • I put more energy into pursuing my ministry than I did my relationship with God.
  • I felt more disappointment over not being where I WANTED to be in my ministry than over not being where I NEEDED to be in my relationship with God.
In addition to this there were 2 things that I feel were the Holy Spirit preparing me for this moment. Over and over again over the weeks leading up to this night I have been repeatedly reminded of Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” In additon to this, my Pastor just talked to the staff about our own personaly Bible study just ONE week prior to the conference.
 
With all this in mind, it is clear that I had placed my ministry above God, thus making it an Idol. Now, at this point I am not planning to walk away from my ministry. In fact I’m not sure what this all means. The one thing I do know is that I will SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM. From there I will let try to let my ministry be an overflow of what God is doing in my own personal life.
Matt Norman

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I am a Christian, husband, father, pastor, church planter, nurse, and freelance writer.

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