Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (1Ti 4:16).
There will come that defining moment for every minister of the gospel where his priorities must be reassessed and redirected. I’m talking about the moment where he must say: “…It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables” (Acts 6:2).
The minister is not an event manager, a brand consultant or an executive officer. He is a minister of the gospel. Not to deny the fact that those administrative duties will very often be required, core must remain core. Someone else can do that, “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word”. (Acts 6:4). A lay minister or Christian is not absorbed of this responsibility either as he is charged to: “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Sources of distractions must therefore remain managed or eliminated where necessary. My life depends on prayer!
Perhaps someone reading this might have misplaced his priorities in lay ministry or beyond. This is a charge for you. Paul to the church at Colossae said: “And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it” (Colossians 4:17). Like Archippus, many ministers of the gospel need their focus readjusted. Every Christian in fact, recreate a schedule for daily devotion after reading this. Let’s get too busy not to pray!
Further reading: 2 Timothy 2:15