If a fruit fly was asked to submit a list of things he’d want to accomplish in life, it would probably be pretty short and sweet.
If he could write, it would go something like, “Eat, procreate, and die.”
I am not a fruit fly. Yet, back in 2012 while in seminary I was asked to provide a list of my personal ministry objectives. Wasting no opportunity, I wrote a blog post about them and even incorporated them into my resume (where they remain to this day).
But as I was reviewing them this morning, I realized they were points that defined something more than just ministry: they are my life!
Ministry (including preaching, teaching, counseling, etc.) is more than just a job, a career, or a chosen field of service; it is my calling, my personality, my way of life. It’s who I am.
The following “objectives” shouldn’t only describe the things I want to accomplish; they should be a description of the man God has molded me to be.
The only question, then, is how well am I being ME in the context in which I’ve been given?
When people say “Just be yourself,” it’s good to know who yourself is.
My ministry objectives:
- To bring glory to the name of Jesus Christ in all that I do, and all I go through.
- To “give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine,” and “to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”
- To affect future generations yet to come as children are grounded, parents become responsible, singles are emboldened, and the aged get a second wind. 
- To be known as a humble and consistent husband and father whose household serves the Lord;  a forgiven sinner who understands grace; and a fearless soldier of the Cross who never compromises the truth.
- To promote the preaching and teaching of the Gospel in every part of the world.
Update: Literally, just minutes after I posted this, a friend sent out a group text (which I received) that included the following sermon by Tony Evans. Awesome.
 Psa 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
 1Pe 1:7 – That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
 1Ti 4:13 – Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
 Act 6:4 – But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
 Jos 4:21-24 – And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What [mean] these stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over: That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it [is] mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.
 Pro 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
 Jos 24:15 – And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
 1Cr 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
 1Ti 1:15 – This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
 Mar 8:34 – And when he had called the people [unto him] with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
 1Ti 4:16 – 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.
 Act 1:8 – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.