Ministry, service unto God, is something that one must be called by God to do and something in which God fully equips one to do. In ministry one duplicates what Jesus came on the earth to perform, which was to serve and not to be served as it says in Matthew 20:28. It is a selfless and self-sacrificing act of service unto God and unto His people which must be done out of a loving and willing heart. Obedience and accountability are vital aspects of every minister and the ministry (or ministries) to which God has called them; every minister and ministry must be totally led by the Holy Spirit in order for them to be fully effective in the Kingdom of God. A lack of obedience to the Holy Spirit can lead to religiosity and a flesh-led ministry controlled by the traditions of man, which will in turn distort how people see God and cause souls to end up in hell.
Ministry is all about souls; it is about denying oneself so that other people can see Jesus and get to Him through one’s act of service. As stated in 2 Corinthians 5: 18-20, God has given us the ministry of reconciliation. Ministers of God are ambassadors for Christ, called to implore others on Christ’s behalf, to be reconciled to God. Ministers have been entrusted by God with the word of reconciliation and in essence, they are to be the word of reconciliation in action. For just as God instructed the priests who were to minister to Him, in the book of Ezekiel 44:23 saying: “And they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the unholy, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean,” so also does He instruct His ministers today. He instructs each minister to become an example which others can look to and see Jesus, not just to teach people with the words that come out of their mouths but to teach them with the actions that are shown in their lives.
Essentially, ministry requires for one to give their whole life just as the disciples gave their lives. It is a choice to be a servant to all and to serve in the capacity which God has ordained. Most importantly, it requires the heart, the character, and the commitment of Jesus Christ.