“The value of a life is always measured by how much of it is given away.” – Andy Stanley
Any preaching ministry involves giving. You give of yourself in preparation. You give of yourself in delivery. And often you feel spent when you are done. But the relationship between visible ministry and giving is a complex one.
Public ministry is certainly demanding, but it can also come with its own rewards. People see you. People may respect and appreciate you. People may even pay you. Once there is reimbursement in the equation, then the giving nature of ministry can become murky.
This is why I think Andy Stanley’s quote is so important for those of us who are involved in visible ministries – whether that is preaching, or teaching, or leadership, etc.
What are you giving in secret?
Please don’t comment and answer that question!
Here are some quick thoughts to ponder:
1. If all your giving in ministry is public, then your giving is not secret. There is something about giving of ourselves without attention that is so important.
2. If all your giving in ministry is public, then your giving is being rewarded. There is something about rewarded giving that somehow undermines the reality of the giving.
3. Even if you ministry is public, there is plenty you could give that is not. Obviously there is financial giving, but there is a lot more too. What about mentoring other preachers and leaders? What about leveraging your contacts and resources for the sake of others in ministry? What about strategizing together with others about their ministry? What about dreaming together with an individual and believing in them as they launch something you aren’t associated with? What about encouraging folks by private message, personal phone calls, etc.? What about praying – and not just for your own ministry and its multiplication?
The value of your life is not measured by the profile you achieve in ministry, but by the reality of how much of it is given away.