Century after century men have disagreed, argued, fought, and even murdered over laws and stipulations. It is as though we were created with a moral compass, “”…in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them…”(Rom. 2:15). But what is the greatest commandment? This question was posed to Christ, His answer was thus:

37And 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.’ 38″This is the great and foremost commandment. 39″The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40″On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Because of Christ, I have two chief aims and goals in my life which manifest themselves as my philosophy of ministry: (1) to love the Lord, my God, with all of my heart, soul, strength, and mind. (2) to love my neighbor as myself. These two precepts are the foundation to my life, and Christ embodied them completely. He was the fulfillment of the Law, and that is who I look to in order to fulfill these commandments, “the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6).

Jesus did not just fabricate relationships, he built up disciples. To follow Christ’s example in ministry is to have a “disciple making” ministry. Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Christ met people where they were, He did not try to change them before they could enter His presence. He ministered to people of all walks of life, because they were people and that is what was essential.

Therefore, my philosophy in life and in ministry is to follow His example, to love God and love people. To live after Christ’s heart. To meet people where they are in life, no matter the habits, baggage, or sin they may carry with them. To love people because God first loved us, and to remain humble enough to realize that it is by God’s grace alone I am in the gifted position I am. To speak in all things truth, through love, and in abundance of humility bringing glory to God always. To live a life of integrity by being above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money, a man of dignity, not double-tongued,. Also, in keeping with bearing the fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Always remembering to follow Paul’s words in Philippians 4:8-9, “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” This is my philosophy of life and ministry. I love God and I love people and just want to see their lives impacted and changed for Jesus Christ. To our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.