You have to serve regardless of what others may think or say. Would you know that the number one killer in volunteering in ministry is peer pressure? Friends could make it hard for the new volunteer to get serving for many different reasons. They could hinder the team by giving them the “inside scoop” and personal opinion of their ministry. They could also improve a ministry team by esteeming or encouraging one another to do great exploits. How are your ministry teams Pastor? Are they conducive to church growth? Are they draining on YOU or are they drawing the sick, lost, or hurting; The same could be asked of those in business?
And the sons of the prophets that were at Beth–el came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. (2 Kings 2:3 KJV)
What is your commitment like to your field of ministry or business? Are you in it for the paycheck or are you there to make an impact. Do you go the extra mile or do the bare minimum? Elisha had asked these questions of himself, not only when they teased him. no no long ago when he told his mama and daddy goodbye. When he was pulling the “escalade”of plow teams he was committed when he dismantled his livelihood and surrendered it as a burnt offering on the field and with every hardship endured he was assured that God was calling him and he would continue the legacy of his mentor.
And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on. (2 Kings 2:6 KJV)
There was a resolve in Elisha. People need that commitment from you! We need you doing what you do, for we will die together for its lack. I want to encourage you this weekend as fellow ministers to posses this resolve within yourselves.
Serve holding your own, not listening to others opinions and have that resolve for your ministry like Elisha.
We want to see you grow. We are believing for your harvest Teresa and I are praying for you. God bless you!
Friday Focus: Come with it……
Psalm 103:1 At the end of a powerful church service when the congregation goes home feeling empowered, the man of God comes from the platform, more often than not; drained. Feeling the need to be refreshed he looks to his team members to encourage him or her.
“When the last prayer has been prayed and the person has been ministered to, who will minister to the minister?”-The Spirit of Armorbearing, Earma Brown.
There is nothing worse than having to “pump-up” your OWN cheering section which is why I say “be that minister that brings it”!
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:1 ESV.
Your Spiritual leader has now passed the baton to the Body of believers. Where most would go on with out thought you see you Pastor needing to be refreshed. This is where you should be at your best to minister. not the time to have counseling. Serve them with a song in your heart, a smile on your face and gentleness in your spirit. All fruit of the spirit should be concentrated as you redeem your man or woman of God’s time by taking care of the little things so that our Pastor can spend time with his family. This is not the time where you need to critique his/her message. Nor is it the time to shout from the roof tops of how great of a communicator he is please, just listen to them and tend to what they need. There will be time to honor your pastor but directly at the end of his ministry is not the time. You should be listening and attending to what he or she requires; even anticipate his or her needs with time. Set the atmosphere so that your Pastor can be refreshed. They will thank you for it!