Step 2: Singleness of Purpose

Kenneth Copeland » Six Steps to Excellence in Ministry

Our single purpose as ministers of God is to meet the needs of the people. James 1: 5-8 tells us why single-mindedness is so important, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways (verse 8). The Amplified Bible says, [For being as he is] a man of two minds – hesitating… What happens when you hesitate? Your adversary takes the first step. You find yourself on the defensive with Satan ahead of you beating you at every turn. If you are not single-minded about your purpose for being in the ministry, you will not have any definite direction. You will always be wondering what you are supposed to do.

Don’t hesitate to Step Out on Your Faith

Do you remember when you felt the first symptom of a cold or flu strike you and you waited around for two or three days before you picked up your Bible and prayed about it? Then, later on you wondered why you waited until you were sick before you acted. Your hesitation gave the sickness an opportunity to get a hold on you. Hesitating is not a quality of a single-minded person. It is …a man of two-minds – hesitating, dubious, irresolute

“Irresolute” means indecisive, a man who has not thoroughly resolved things in his mind and settled them once and for all. …[he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything (he thinks, feels, decides) (James 1: 8, Amplified Bible)

If a man is of two minds, then the decisions he makes are split. When you get into an area of indecision, you are at a standstill. You won’t go either way.

A double-minded man is one who tries to live by faith and protects his fear at the same time. He talks both ways. His faith proclaims, “I believe God is going to heal you someday.” Then his fear whispers, “but I wouldn’t want you to say that you are well just yet.” Inconsistency is hazardous. If you are hesitating in stepping out on your faith in ministry, your adversary will always be one step ahead of you. You will never see the power of God work through you to heal anyone.

The eighth chapter of Luke records an event in the life of Christ which illustrates the danger of instability and hesitancy. Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples:and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. But as they sailed he fell asleep:and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water:and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him. (Luke 8: 22-25).

Jesus stated when they first entered the ship, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake (verse 22). There was enough power in those words to have gotten the disciples all the way across the lake. Yet they became afraid and ran to waken Jesus crying, Master, master, we perish (verse 24). Here is a perfect illustration of double-mindedness. They were speaking death to the Author of life. They were speaking fear in the very presence of faith personified, the Son of the living God. They were consumed with the problem while the Solution Himself slept in the vessel.

We perish didn’t sound unstable to them, but to Jesus, it was a direct contradiction of what He had stated. When Jesus said to them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake, He knew without a shadow of doubt where they were going. The disciples should have known too. They should have stood in the bow of that ship and shouted out, “The Son of the living God, the Christ, has told us to go over to the other side. Now, peace, be still!” If they were not capable of exercising such faith, Jesus would not have the right to rebuke them after he stilled the storm. Why are ye so fearful? How is that you have no faith? (Mark 4: 40)