In our board meeting on October 2nd, one of our big outcomes was pursuing developing online training to serve Christian workers. Not everyone has the time or access to a formal education, but that does not mean they should then be limited on how they can serve in ministry. As we pursue developing training, we are keeping in mind this question of “What does it look like to be an effective worker for Christ?”
3 Traits of Kingdom Workers
- Grounded in scripture- One of the essentials to being effective is having a basis in Scripture. God’s word sets the standard for how we live, so without it, we are doing works on our own efforts and pride. It does not mean you have to have a Bible degree and understand the Bible in and out, but making the Bible your first source of truth and guidance is the real standard. D.L. Moody himself lacked a formal education, but his approach was always to turn back to the Bible and preach from it.
- Teachable- People who are willing to learn are always those who succeed. Rather than being stuck in tradition or routine, effective workers are receptive to correction and desire to expand their knowledge. God is always doing new things, so our behavior should follow this as well, keeping an eye out for what He is doing and joining in with it. Recognizing that we do not have all the answers is often the start to big changes, and it keeps us humble.
- Faithful- 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 says “This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” A true effective worker stays faithful to what God has called him or her. Faithfulness means pressing in even when faced with difficulty and trials. Faithfulness means setting up the habits to keep you in line with Christ, rather than leaning on your own wisdom. Faithfulness might seem mundane, but it keeps us on track with God’s leading.
These are just a few of the standards that could apply to workers, but they help set a basic foundation for God’s workers. As you can see, they are inclusive standards. It doesn’t matter how grand or simple a calling you have. The point is to glorify God and live in a way that keeps you in step with HIS mission, not our own.