I know that I haven’t written in a while. Hopefully, this post will change that. I’ve been dealing with all kinds of issues lately. There’s those of my 6th graders who can’t wait for summer vacation, church camp, Vacation Bible School, and an upcoming two week trip to the Philippines. Throw the Mother’s Day program at church in there and I’ve had quite a run! In all of the going and doing and dealing, it can be easy to miss out on the important day to day lessons God teaches me. I like to call them “burning bushes”. As much as I love the ministry, I sometimes find myself growing frustrated with the fact that when given the opportunity to serve, some people still choose not to, for various reasons of course. I guess you could call me Martha. I’m passionate about working for and serving the Lord. I look forward to moving into new ministry opportunities and allowing God to use me.
This week, something stumbled across my path and really opened my eyes to a new truth. As I plan and prepare and pray for our church’s upcoming vacation bible school, I usually pray that God would bring us the volunteers we need and the children He want’s us to serve. While it is primarily my job to recruit new volunteers, some eager friends do help me out. This week, while reporting back about the success (or lack thereof) of getting any new volunteers, a good friend shared with me a comment that was made to her about working in this ministry. She was told that VBS was just “too much work”. I was immediately taken back by this and honestly, my heart was broken. I feel like I should share this not because I’m any better than the people who feel this way, but because we’re all called by God for a special purpose. We work, we minister, we serve others because that’s what we’re called to do. Is ministry easy? Absolutely not. In fact, it is probably one of the more difficult jobs out there. Yes, it is a lot of work, but there is no amount of work that we have to do that is ever worth sacrificing the opportunity to speak life into the heart of a sinner; and in this case, no matter how many hours must be put in to the VBS programs, or any ministry for that matter, every second is worth it if you’ve planted a seed of truth in the heart of a child. The Bible says that God’s word will not return void. Ministry is fruitful. We’re called to serve and based on my life and the experiences I’ve had….none of it is easy and all of it is hard work. BUT, the reward of witnessing a name being added to Heaven’s list far outweighs every second of work put into it.
I realize that if you’re reading this, you too may share the perspective with countless others that ministry is too much work. I pray that your heart would be sensitive and receptive to whatever ministry God is calling you to. Give God’s work 100% and He will surely bless you!
I love what Galatians 6:9 says and I’m encouraged by it often.
“Let us not Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”