I woke this morning to the following highlighted on my Kindle app. I am not sure how it happened, but I believe God is trying to tell me something.
Lysa TerKeurst-What Happens When Women Walk in Faith:
“All along this ministry journey, I kept thinking God was looking for me to do great things for Him. But now I am convinced the Lord isn’t looking for a bestselling author or an arena speaker. He isn’t looking for people to dance in the limelight. He is looking for those souls who are willing to press close to His heart and hear the cries of the forgotten. He wants us to do great things with Him to reach the “least of these.” Ministry that makes the biggest impact is that which is done in the secret places, the hard stuff that is void of glory but full of guts.” (pg.181)
For those of us in ministry or on our way into ministry, let us take some time today to reflect on our motives for ministry. Do we want to just do something great for God or be someone great for God or are we earnestly seeking or wanting to seek out the lost, forgotten, and hurting? Are we wanting to truly disciple or flaunt our knowledge? Are we trying to prove something to ourselves or others? I pray your reasons are to seek the lost, forgotten, and hurting or to disciple those who already know the Lord, but I know that I have had wrong motives from time to time. I know it is silly, but sometimes I find myself wanting to prove to others that God does indeed love me, and the only way to prove that is to do something great for God.
Sometimes I get frustrated with where I am serving because of my wrong motivations; however, we should not become discouraged with services done in secret. We should not become discouraged with the ordinary, seemingly mundane tasks laid before us. We can’t all be Lysa TerKeursts, Joyce Meyeres, or Beth Moores. We can’t all stand on a stage and rally the troops. But we can all serve where we are planted. We can grow, learn, and reach those God has put in our paths.
Luke 15:7 (NLT): In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!
We may not save the world, but even if we reach one, than we have done a great thing for God.
I will add that if you search your heart and your motives are right and you are still feeling discontentment and unhappiness where you are, you may not be where God has intended you to be. Take this to God and ask for clear direction and be willing to act on His direction.
When I start to feel discouraged, I fall back on the saying, “bloom where you are planted,” as it reminds me to serve happily where I am until God calls me somewhere else.
Until next time, stay safe and God bless,