1 Peter 4:10, NKJV: As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

There is a simple question that comes to mind when I prepare to teach. That question is, “Lord, what do they need?” I have found that question often draws my mind to the most important part of ministry--the people to whom we are ministering. For, in fact, when we preach, or teach, or serve, or give in ministry we can easily become distracted by so many details that we lose sight of the reason for ministry. Ministry is not about me being used, but about lives being affected by God. In this equation, I am a simple instrument. And I can only be the best instrument when I let God use me as He chooses, and not how I suppose I ought to be used. My plans must be flexible, and my agenda must not even be a consideration. As I am the instrument, it is God who has the agenda, and the plan. It is always such a shame when our well-intended plans and agenda become the very things that quench the movement of the Spirit and prevent God from using us effectively to minister His manifold Grace.