I thought for many years that ministry to others revolved around what I did for them. It was all about doing and as long as I did the right things, it didn’t matter what my attitude or motive was. Now, I see that my actions are secondary to my purpose and objective. Why I do something is more important than what I do. Eternal life is about knowing the Lord so the better I know Him the more I can experience Him and His presence. My reason for doing now flows out of a desire I have to be more intimate with Him. Everything I do for any other purpose springs from my ego and amounts to nothing. I pray that God will help me be more consistent in my desire to please Him than people, even when that means I don’t do anything more than surrender to my circumstances.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."
"I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me."