Be Content in Him

Do you find yourself frustrated with the ministry work, or the tasks you labor yourself with for Jesus?  Looking impatiently at the future that is yet unfolding?  We all get this way at times, and it makes it hard to stay the course, to continue running the race. 

The disciples were also concerning themselves with future things:

“When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

We tend to be like this sometimes, don’t we?  Especially when we start to put effort into a ministry, we begin to ask God when the fruits of our labor will be seen. We envision the end product of this great task set before us, and we desire to finish to work well, and to great success. We begin to ask God: “When will this produce the success I know it is capable of?”. 

Here is the catch, and the realization Jesus lays on his disciples, that is also direction to us: it is not for us to know, or even anticipate when the power of the Lord will manifest itself. It is not for us to know when the work we are called to labor in will bear fruit. It most likely is not for us to even see a small success in our work. Bummer, right?  

The disciples are told that despite an uncertain future (from their perspective), it doesn’t mean nothing is going on. 

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

See, Jesus tells them they will receive power with the Holy Ghost (this same Holy Ghost lives in us!). What is this power used for?  To bear witnesses for Him whom redeemed us. This is important, because each and every thing we labor over for Jesus should be surrounding this important task. No matter what it is, sharing Jesus is in itself the reward we should be seeking. 

No matter how you serve Him, remember to be in a constant state of readiness to bear witness to Jesus. Let us not focus on the future, as we are not promised tomorrow. Labor today for Him, and let God work things in His own time. Be content in being His servant today. 

God Bless. 

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Moving On

Sadly, our church plant has gone the way of a lot of churches in recent years. We closed our doors (figuratively speaking) quite a few months back.  There are many varying reasons, my wife and I moved for one, attendance dropped, blah, blah, blah….

I resisted the necessity of this change for a bit, as did a few others in the church, we didn’t want to be a failure. It felt that way to me in every aspect. As the Pastor, I pondered where I went wrong, the preaching, the shepherding, the outreach?  All these things ran through my head. 

It took the words of a friend, outside of the church plant, but a part of the parent church, to make me realize that it was okay. He said “look at it like this, it was a season”. All of us that put the work into this church walked away better for being a part of it. 

We all got healing, and my calling was confirmed, and my confidence bolstered in doing His work. These things alone make every effort put in worth while. We can’t look at these things in terms of a business. This church still meeting together does not make or break the success of it. It is what was produced that marks the quality. 

Let’s look at what the scripture says in reference to things that tend not to last:

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;”

‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:1-2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

This time for the gathering together of this church has passed, and that’s okay. I’m content the Lord did what was best for His kingdom, regardless of my successes or failures in this church. 

I will continue to post here and keep this site going, as I fell led to share what the Lord puts on my heart. 

I will look back fondly on this experience, learning from it, and rejoicing in how the Lord changed me through it. 

I encourage all of you to look at life’s changes through the eyes of Him that redeemed you. While those changes may be painful, and confusing, they generally allow us to better approach our faith with the right hearts. 

God Bless

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