Right now I’m 20 years old. I know I haven’t gone through too much of this life, but I can tell you one thing. I’m going through it…that’s for sure. I’m seeing new things everyday being out in the mission field.
Before a person gets into ministry, he might have some sort of assumptions about what it might be (at least I know I did). For example, he might think it’s something that he gets to do that glorifies God and is fun, or that it gives him the right kind of attention, or that it gives people a good impression about him, or that he’ll get to see the fruit of his harvest right after he starts. Although these things can be true, most of the time it’s not like this at all.
Ministry ultimately means service or serving. In case we forgot what serving looks like, I’ll remind us about Jesus. Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of God, came down on earth to teach us what serving is.
Serving is when you are in the right, yet you humble yourself as if you were in the wrong. Serving is coming to a planet as a man, even though you are the Son of God, to heal, restore, and love a bunch of people who don’t love you back the same way. Serving is dying on a cross for the same person who spat in your face, beat you, and mistreated you as if you were worse than an animal.
It’s funny how I personally lose sight and understanding of this. I forget this truth about serving and what it means to serve.
I talk to my missionary brothers all across the world and I see how whenever we go through these tough seasons, the devil finds ways to bring us down by convincing us our harvest isn’t bearing fruit, that our work is pointless, and we are doing nothing that is changing the world. But when these lies come up, this verse encourages me and I want it to encourage you if you find yourself in in a dry season or if you’re not seeing the fruit of your harvest:
“I replied, “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the LORD’s hand; I will trust God for my reward.””
Isaiah 49:4 NLT
In these times, we must learn to leave it all in God’s hand. We can’t keep allowing the enemy to come into our lives, deceiving us, and making us quit from the ministries God has placed in our lives.
Let’s be encouraged again! Let’s allow the Word of God and His promises to lift us up and keep us in a state of joy because of what He’s done for us. Let’s trust Him with our reward for the dry seasons!
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