Hours, days, months go into ministry before the preacher, praise team, or worship arts team comes before the congregation for mere minutes in comparison (at least I know it does for us at my church). Late nights and early mornings are the norm, but rarely or never seen by the casual onlooker. While others enjoy down time those in ministry pour hours of family time, free time, and sleep time into preparation. So much is done behind the scenes before those mere minutes happen prayerfully with anointing and a great move of the Spirit of God upon the congregation. Ministry takes dedication!! Ministry takes discipline!! Ministry takes work!!
Don’t believe me? Read your bible and see how many days, months, years God’s chosen vessels went through preparation before being used by God. David was annointed King long before he took on the position, but he was being prepared and working even in the fields. Joseph endured betrayal after betrayal, but kept working faithfully, and every seemingly setback was actually positioning him for where he needed to be at in due season. The same applies to Ruth in the fields, and Ester’s preparation before being chosen as the new queen. Over and over again you see the same thing: preparation, work, disillusionment or fear, and ministry. Noah had to prepare and build the boat in the face of ridicule, but his obedience saved his family!
However, here’s an important point we must not forget…that we are ALL called to minister one to another!! So, with that being said take a moment to see how you are preparing yourself to minister to your loved ones and community. Your daily bible study and devotion time may be forgotten often in the midst of a busy schedule, and if so reprioritize your life so that you can be in position to minister to that one person who is waiting for an answer!! Hours of preparation sitting at the master’s feet will never be wasted time, even if you simply touch another’s life on God’s behalf for mere minutes. Ministry matters, but ministry requires work and sacrifice by those who truly desire to be used for His glory!!
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
It is often during times of great struggle and pain that we are tempted to push away from God in our distress and confusion, however it is at that point when we must draw closer to Him to find that great peace that surpasses all understanding!! Lean into Him on today!! He will strengthen you on every side if you let Him!! God sees. God knows. God cares!!
STAND ON THE WORD!!
18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
2 Timothy 1:13-14
13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
6 Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
8 I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause:
9 Which doeth great things and unsearchable; marvellous things without number:
If you love fantasies Facebook is definitely the place for you, but real life is not always sunshine, roses, and happily ever after. Real life includes real storms, struggles, and battles to hang in there until your change comes. The reason I share personal struggles or issues at times is because someone else might be going through too, but believing the lie that they are the only one. They might be on the verge of quitting, giving up, and throwing in the towel. I don’t want that for anybody! Somebody might need that word of encouragement that “Hey, you’ve got this. We’ve got this!! Some how and some way, we will survive!!”
Too often people are afraid of transparency. Some because they just don’t care. Some because they are uncomfortable. Some because they don’t want to face their own shortcomings. Some because they believe if you don’t tell than it never happened. Some because they would rather believe and strive to live a lie. Some because they are concerned they will have to get involved with their time or resources. Is it even too much to simply pray without judgement for that “friend” in need?
Obviously, there is a time and place for everything. Social media is not always that place. We must pray for wisdom, and walk in the spirit. The posts I share at times is not for everyone, and probably even most, and THAT’S OKAY. However, if it only reaches the one that God knows is waiting for a right now word of encouragement than IT IS ENOUGH!! Every time someone lets me know a post I shared encouraged them or spoke to them I am reminded that God knows best, and my desire is always to please Him and not the crowds.
The bible says the good shepherd leaves the rest of the sheep to find the one. It’s bible. That one soul matters!! So with all that being said. Share your story. Be real. Use wisdom. Do it for the right reason, and not for attention or sympathy. Tell others the way to keep standing and how to find the way out through the Word of God, just like you did. Your testimony can breathe life into a dead situation, so share it! Somebody is waiting on you!!
All that we have belongs to God!! We are just stewards passing through this land for a season.
Whatever we give to God already belonged to Him from the beginning, so there is no place for self righteous pride and boasting in our giving or obtaining. There is no reason for giving grudgingly or not at all from our time, finances, and resources to the one who already gave us His all.
Even those of us who are “homeowners” are still just renters with a few more freedoms like decorating as we choose and a whole lot more responsibilities for upkeep (lol), but in the end we still can take absolutely nothing with us.
Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Enjoy what you have, but keep the right perspective and focus. It all belongs to God, and we are blessed to enjoy it for but a season.
Sharing one of my old Facebook post today!
Don’t let others opinions or what you think they are saying or thinking about you keep you from God!!! Remember the woman with the issue of blood. She pressed through the crowd to touch the hem of His garment at the risk of ridicule or worst! How about the woman caught in the very act of adultery? Jesus response, “he that is without sin cast the first stone”. David danced without restraint to the embarrassment of his wife, yet true worship pleases our heavenly father! Instead of looking to people for approval and validation focus on God the one who is well able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than you could ever ask or think!!!
It might form, but it won’t prosper!!
17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of theLord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
Sharing one of my old Facebook post today…
Remember the old song where the little boy came to his mother and said “Mama I’m so hungry” ? The mom responded by trying to feed the natural man, but the child responded by saying “I don’t want no peanut butter and jelly. I want my soul to be saved!” Stop trying to feed the hunger of your soul with things of this carnal world. It won’t work!! The word of God is the bread we need on today. Are you hungry my friend?
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.