We all have a ministry. The secret is knowing it when you find it. Don’t let this intimidate you. God doesn’t call everyone to be Mother Teresa or move overseas – though He does some of us. It may be something as simple as taking care of your aging parents. Or volunteering with children. Or serving your community.
But from time to time, we can get a little off track. We lose our focus. We look inward to please our self rather than outward to serve others. We just quit listening to what we know is right and seek that which we want to hear. Our ministry takes a back seat to our desires. You can’t drive from the back seat. As such, your ministry will be off course.
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound
and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires
and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their
itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth
and chase after myths.
– 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Reading these two verses above, what do you think? Do you think this time is here? Do you think it is near? With a drop in church attendance nationwide and the millennial population not terribly engaged, there is a concern this generation is following their own desires and listening to where their itching ears lead them. It could be said their ministry has strayed off course.
Pew Research Center analysis from research in 2015* noted: “The falloff in traditional religious beliefs and practices coincides with changes in the religious composition of the U.S. public.” Their research showed a drop off in that religious composition. Does this mean people are following their own desires only to further reject truth and chase myths? And it’s not just millennials.
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid
of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News,
and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
– 2 Timothy 4:5
Yes, there are those who live for themselves rather than for God. Keep in mind when given a choice in a damaged, defective world… there will always be those who choose a path of destruction. History tells us this is the way it’s always been. Adam listened to Eve. Cain slaughtered his brother. Pharaoh was stubborn and brought plague after plague to his nation. Everyone was messed up but Noah. Towns were destroyed because of those who lived a lifestyle of the flesh. I could go on and on.
But what are we told in verse 5? Keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering. For who? The Lord. Tell others the Good News. And carry out the ministry God has given you. That last part can easily be overlooked.
Don’t miss this. God has given us each a ministry. If you don’t seek it out and carry it out, you’re chasing wind, my friend. Seek your purpose so you may fulfill it!
That’s what I am working toward now. My mission and my ministry are on a collision course to collide. And I can’t wait. #leadmeforward #staytuned #moretocome #12Jars