The Blindness of Ministry

Day planner & pen

Recently I came across a journal entry from January, 2005. I talked about some of the goals I had for the year and my progress and lack thereof towards meeting them. I shared some current frustrations I was having in ministry. I then asked God to help me be more disciplined.

Then I read the last sentence of that day’s journal. I wrote, “God, at 41, some days it feels that I’m not accomplishing anything.”

Wow!

Looking back at my life now, I’m sure it was a one day “pity party” (Yes, even pastors have those), because that was during a season when eleven core families were meeting regularly in our living room, preparing to launch a church. That would be our second plant, and this one would go on to be one of the fastest growing churches in the country and is still accomplishing more now than we ever dreamed possible.

I don’t share that to bring attention to myself. And, it’s not so much that a church needs to grow at that pace. God may use you in completely different ways than He has used me. It may be with one person, a thousand people, or millions. God has a unique plan for every person’s life. I share it because it points to an important principle in ministry that’s true for all of us.

We seldom see the good God is doing through us as we are doing it.

That keeps us humble.
That keeps us in prayer.
That keeps us desperate for His hand to be upon us.

Are you in the middle of a stressful season of ministry or life? Are you wondering if any of your efforts are making a difference?

If so, and if you are being obedient to God’s will as much as you know how, then stand firm.

Don’t give up! Stay tuned!

God is up to things you can’t even imagine.

God is using you Mighty Warrior! (Judges 6:12)

And, I’m praying He allows you to see some fruit from your labor as you continue to trust Him.

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11 thoughts on “The Blindness of Ministry

  1. This is exactly what I need. Every week I hold a Christian radio program, recently I've been thinking, is anyone there? I toward what is it worth it? Is anyone's life influence? Sewing, water, feed, and let god give the increase. This is all we can do: -)

  2. Pastor Ron! Thanks for the perspective. As I read this post, I am reminded of the words of Thomas Sutcliffe Mort (a 19th century Australian industrialist)
    "In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength but through perseverance."

  3. I needed this word as well. Over the past few months, work life has been difficult. I've noticed a dramatic change in the people at work. As I walk the corridors and stairwells, moving from meeting to meeting, I've noticed a heaviness that people have on their faces. More and more colleagues are sharing that they feel anxious and uncertain. It's palpable. I've been tempted to flee via leaving the company, but I can't shake the impression that God wants me here for such a time as this. Therefore, I'm staying and will fight the good fight of faith. Paraphrasing the words of Hadassah (Ester): "I will stand before the king and plead the cause of my people and if I perish, I perish."

  4. This was just what I needed. I host a weekly Christian radio program, and lately I've been wondering, is anyone listening? Am I working toward anything worthwhile? Is anyone's life being impacted? Sew, water, feed, and let God give the increase. That's all we can do :-)

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    • I hosted a Christian show on a local AM station for 17 years. The problem was that the ratings system wasn't in our small market. I always wondered if it made a difference. It took several years before I realized just how much difference it was making. People were just silent about it for a season. I think that was God's way of building my faith and confidence in Him rather than in myself.God bless

  5. A new foster child and his adopted siblings, 13, 16, 17…plus 2 bio 20 and 22 kids in and out of house. I needed to hear this. Going against the tide of the world (screens and stuff) in challenging circumstances where ministry lives 24/7 with. I am desperately dependent!
    Chosen for this.
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