Let him who boasts boast in the Lord. (1 Cor. 1:31)
WHEN I FIRST STARTED OUT in ministry I told people that I did not see myself as a teacher. How can God use one whose hands get freezing cold, even on the hottest of days, when he is nervous . . . or who gets tongue-tied and stutters and speaks a mile a minute in front of a crowd?
While in Africa, however, I was encouraged and, out of necessity, required to teach. I do not claim to be the greatest teacher around, and I know I am not the most “polished.” If you want to sit under the ministry of polished teachers, sit under the teaching of professors in the School of Theology and Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University. I have been blessed by the teaching of Bud Bence, Chris Bounds, Keith Drury, Steve Horst, Steve Lennox, David Vardaman, Wilbur Williams, and others.
Down through the years God has opened up opportunities for me to teach, both in America and overseas. In His wisdom He has seen fit to use a weak vessel.
During interviews with potential ministers I sometimes hear the ordination candidates say, “I feel so unworthy. I feel too weak to do God’s work!” I think this is a good thing. It becomes a reminder that we always need to depend upon God and make sure He gets the credit.
When ministering, remember to depend on God; when successful, give God the credit.
Jim Lo is the author of Connect with God: The Purpose of Prayer (WPH) and the dean of chapel at Indiana Wesleyan University.