Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly.
1 Peter 5:2
The famous American evangelist Dwight L. Moody collapsed in Kansas City and returned by train to his home in Massachusetts. There in the upstairs bedroom, he drifted in and out of consciousness, talking to his family as he was dying. At one point, looking at those around him, he said, I have always been an ambitious man, ambitious to leave no wealth or possessions, but to leave lots of work for you to do. A few minutes later he said, This is my triumph; this is my coronation day! I have been looking forward to it for years.Shortly afterward, he passed into the presence of Christ.
The Lord wants us to be ambitious, not for fame or fortune, but for doing His will and leaving work for others. We are to take the work from those who preceded us and hand it off to those who follow. God uses us like links in a chain stretching from His resurrection to His return.
Effective ministry begins with a heartfelt concern for other Christians and a consecration to sharing the Gospel with others. It cannot be for personal notice or gain if it’s to be effective for God’s glory.
I want to live as long as Iâm useful, but when my work is done I want to be up and off.
Dwight L. Moody, on his deathbed