As I finished ministering that day, I knew the Lord had passed a message across to His people; I could see they were superbly blessed. A Senior minster was to speak after me. While sincerely appreciating my ministry, he remarked; “Pastor ‘Demola has shared some deep stuff here today. You need to be at his realm to understand the dimension he’s speaking from”. Well, I saw this more as a challenge than a compliment.
Friend, God is not as complex as people have presented Him to be. The invisible things of God are clearly seen by the things that are made (Romans 1:20). God does not want to hide Himself from us, He wants to reveal Himself to us. This was the primary essence of Christ’s coming to the world; to bridge the gap between divinity and humanity (John 1:14).
God is so wide that you cannot travel pass Him, yet so close that you cannot miss Him (Acts 17:27-28). As Christians and ministers, we have not been called to reel out deep stuff but clear and simple stuff (1 Corinthians 14:7-9). Your depth might be very deep but your life and ministry should be simple enough for people to grasp. “Deep” ministry only impresses people, it does not really transform them. They may end up shouting, “Wow! You’re such a great man of God”, but their lives may not significantly change.
I have made up my mind to present the gospel as simple as possible (2 Corinthians 11:3). This was how Jesus did ministry; everyone could relate with what He did and taught (John 7:45-47). Man of God, there’s no point saying, “what I’m about to share, you cannot understand.” Don’t share it if you think people cannot understand. Cut down your ego. Stop using a veil to cover your face when Christ has taken it away under the new covenant (2 Corinthians 3:12-18).
The gospel is simple, it only takes unsent or untrained men to confuse you in it (2 Corinthians 11:3). Dear child of God, stop celebrating a ministry just because of its depth. Rather, ask yourself if you are being significantly changed. Dear man of God, your job is to present God to people in a way they would get Him. Stop playing around Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic and the likes, when people have not even grasp the English language.
Ministry is not performance. Stop bamboozling people with your erudition. Be simple enough to be understood yet profound enough to be a blessing (John 7:45-47). Child of God, always come to God with a simple heart, not a complex heart. Don’t come to God thinking He’s too deep to grasp (Isaiah 55:8-9). Come simply and you would be amazed at your discovery and the attendant transformation (Psalms 103:7, 2 Corinthians 3:18).
© ‘Demola Awoyele
Destiny Impact Church