I‘ve been told that “Anyone can do what you do” when it comes to ministry. It’s been kinda of hurtful and a little discouraging to hear that from people I care about and respect. But as I have been praying about that statement and asking God for wisdom to know what to say and in my time with Him, I came to this conclusion… Yes anyone can do what I do, the difference is that God has chosen me to do it and I honor the call on my life by doing it.
It’s so easy to be discouraged when you serve in ministry. Satan hates what you are doing, and because of his hate for the work you are doing, he works extra hard to break you down. If he can cause you to walk away from ministry, he will have won a major battle. With out you in the world loving people and pointing them to Christ, there will be souls that won’t ever know Jesus. And that is his ultimate goal,to push people away from God, so you giving your life to love like Jesus did, goes against his evil plan.
A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. I am the good shepherd, and the good shepherd gives up his life for his sheep. John 10-10-11
Lately I have felt sad and lost in my place in this world. It’s so strange, because I am passionate about God and telling others about him. So to feel sad about it is odd to me. However an amazing friend of mine pointed out to me, that I must be doing something right and am on the brink of doing something BIG, because Satan is trying to stop me. If I wallow in sadness or allow myself to slip away from Gods plan for my life, then Satan wins. And I don’t want that.
It is so important to have great friends who care about you and encourage you. They are truly a gift from God and I am super thankful for having so many close to me and across the country who love, encourage and push me. One thing that my friends kept saying to me is “You are chosen!”. I needed to hear that.
I am chosen and so are you!
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
I love this verse and used it when I taught a session at summer camp this summer. It’s easy to tell others they are chosen, but it’s hard to believe it about yourself. I am chosen by God to do what I do. I may not be on staff at my church, I may not be a pastor, but I am chosen! Chosen to love recklessly and to disciple girls and help them make disciples. And if you’re reading this blog you have been chosen too! It may not be to work with teens, but as believers God has chosen us to tell the world about His son Jesus.
I want to encourage you and tell you that you are special and the work you are doing in others lives is amazing! You are giving your all and even if it feels like no one sees it, know that God does. Know that God is proud of the work you are doing and He finds joy in every moment you have devoted to loving the people He has brought into your life. Don’t let Satan use people to hurt you and bring you down. God is in control and He has chosen you.