A Successful Servant of GOD :
What is the "Ministry"? It is spoken of so very much in many religious circles today. The word itself means "service." When a person "ministers" they are "serving." The Greek word often translated minister or servant is "diakonos," having two main root-words as possibilities. The first possibility comes from the primitive verb, "dioko," meaning "to flee after, to follow, to press toward, to pursue"--much like our modern day "waiters" and "waitresses." They (ideally) follow after us, making sure our every need is met while we dine in their establishment. The same is true of any household servant, "butler," or "maid"--they are sure to follow after the people in their house, pursuing them to make sure they are having their needs met.The second possibility comes from a combination of two different words: "dia" meaning "through" and "kanos" meaning "dirt"--in other words, one who becomes "through the dirt" with the humility of serving they do. A true "minister" becomes so enthralled in "ministering," that he shows it on his own person, and becomes permeated with the things among which he ministers, not keeping himself from being soiled.