Ok, so God has called you to ministry. You have felt that unique call on your life. Maybe your friends and family think your crazy. Maybe you are. Either way the next question is,
For many of us the next step is to start thinking of what you are good at and what you enjoy. Maybe you start looking at schools. These are not bad thoughts and not bad places to start. But, you cannot do ministry for the long term like that.
God called you; you should follow Him. For many of us following God in the beginning is easy. After all, we don’t know where we are going or what we are doing. But, as we get further into it there comes a point, for many of us, that we begin to rely more on what we are good at, what we have learned, and what we know, then on the guiding of the Holy Spirit.
Do what your good at. I’m certainly not saying that you should not do what you are good at. God gave us our talents and gifts so we should use them in the ministry He has called us to. But, we can’t stop there. Our entire ministry cannot simply be an expression of what we are good at or what we enjoy.
He will teach you to speak. When God called Moses (1) he begged God to send someone else because he was not a good speaker. God replied, “… I will help you speak and I will teach you what to say.” God chose Moses to be His spokesman to Pharaoh and the people of Israel. This in spite of the fact that Moses was not a good speaker. Some even say that Moses had a stuttering problem. This did not keep God from choosing him and it did not keep him from leading the people of Israel out of Egypt.
You are the person, God is the power. When God called Jeremiah, he responded, “Oh no, Lord God! Look, I don’t know how to speak since I am only a youth.” (2) God instructs Jeremiah to “go to everyone I send you to and speak whatever I tell you.”(3) God then went on to assure Jeremiah saying, “I will be with you to deliver you.” (4) We should absolutely do what we are good at. BUT, our ministry should not simply be a reflection of what we are good at. If this is the case, then where is the evidence of the Holy Spirit?
How did THAT happen? So, how do you know if you are trusting God, or simply operating out of what you are good at? Have you ever had a moment in ministry when you looked around and wondered how in the world THAT happened? Have you ever planned an event, service, or activity that you thought would be marginal at best and saw a major response? Guess what. If you’ve experienced either of these, then you have probably experienced the work of God.
So what now? In ministry we HAVE to spend time planning. There are events, programs and services that need to be planned. But, we must spend time in the Word and in prayer also. I know this may seem like something that doesn’t need to be said, but it can be very easy to get so caught up in the day to day running and planning of things that we neglect the Word and prayer. If you want to minister from God’s leading and power and not your own abilities, then you have to spend time in the Word and prayer.
How are you going to change your habits, adjust your schedule and change your routines in order to make more room for the Word, prayer and moving of the Holy Spirit.
1) Exodus 4:10-13
2) Jeremiah 1:6
3) Jeremiah 1:7
4) Jeremiah 1:8