It was an honest question, but it took me by surprise. I was visiting with one of our international friends at a reception at the NRB convention in Nashville last month. The convention was winding down. It had been busy…meeting with many of our international friends, helping to connect them to other ministries and individuals that would be important in their media work in their countries.
“What do you call this thing you do?” asked Cristina. I thought it an odd question. “MEDIAlliance International,” I responded. “No…not the name of your organization. These things you do to help us around the world.”
I was quiet for a moment, humbled by the question and the spirit of it from one of the faithful servants God has in a key media role. My response a moment later was not a name for what I do, but the reason for doing it.
I love God, and I love people.
You see, it is my joy to help God’s people in what He has called them to do.
I wasn’t trying to be biblical in my response, but I later thought of Jesus’ words when questioned by one of the Pharisees.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and [b]foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Matthew 22:36-40 (NASB)
As I thought about this later, Jesus’ wisdom was overwhelmingly simple and exceedingly difficult. Love God. Love others.
What is your motivation for ministry? What is your motivation for work? For life? For family? For everything you do? Jesus said,
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you.”
Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
I was recently at a meeting of Baptist mission leaders, headed up by Dr. David Platt. He talked over and over about our motivation for missions and everything else. We should be driven by a desire to glorify God. We don’t do missions, or church, or media ministry, or anything else for it’s own reward. Certainly not for our reward. Our chief goal is to glorify God. Bring honor to Him. To lift His Name high among the nations.
I sometimes say that ministry…even this great ministry…seems a lot like work. Scheduling trips. Getting on airplanes for long international flights. Seeking the funding for the work. Connecting people and ministries. Scheduling training seminars. And on and on. Work.
However, when I keep my perspective right, the work is worth it. The effort, however large or small, is tolerable. Because our God is worthy.
Love God…love people. Let that be our motivation. And with that, may our Lord be honored and glorified.
Ministry Needs and Prayer Opportunities
Radio Shema is a beacon of light in the darkness, shining God’s Truth across the almost totally Muslim world of that country’s capital city, Ankara. It is challenging. There are pressures from the outside and the inside that would distract and diminish the work there. Please pray for SonarTufan and the ministry team in these days, that they might make godly decisions for the work.
Sonar has shared with me his desire for the impact of Radio Shema to go national. That would require the acquisition of an existing radio station or network, and the cost would be large. But we are reminded over and over in the Bible, nothing is too hard for God. Pray for God’s resources to do God’s work in God’s timing. Turkey needs the hope of the Gospel.
While the news has shifted to other world issues, the problems in Ukraine are still huge. Over a million people have been displaced. The latest cease-fire has been violated again and again. There are continuing tensions in Ukraine and along the Russian border…and in the hearts of many in that nation.
Hope is needed. God’s hope. Evangelical churches and ministries are helping to address many of the physical needs that this conflict has brought about, even as they continue to be a witness for Christ. But there are Christians in media who want to use these tools in the most effective way to make a difference in their country and to make an eternal difference in the lives of those lost without Christ.
MEDIAlliance is working withNovoMedia, an association of those in Christian media in Ukraine, to hold media training for two days in Kyiv. Instructors are being lined up and given their teaching topics to meet the needs. Ruslan Kukharchuk and his team are making the arrangements for the conference, and will soon begin the publicity.
Pray for the many details for this training conference. Pray for God to lead the right team to go to Ukraine to teach and train. Pray for the financial needs for such a venture. And pray for the people of Ukraine, that in the midst of turmoil and conflict, they will come to know the peace of God that passes understanding, found only in Jesus Christ.