Do you believe in God? Do you believe God? When He said He will provide for you, do you believe Him?
So … why has God not filled that Sunday School position? Or why is the Youth Group under staffed? Where is God in that? Maybe pointing the finger at God is pointing in the wrong place! God does and is providing all the time. Most of the time, we humans are making “revisions” to Gods Plan. We ask God for people to work and help in ministry, but then we don’t want those He sends our way!!! How very demi-god of us to make that decision.
But those people will be difficult to work with. They don’t know what they are doing – I will have to train them. That will take time away from my family. I already put in 35 hours a week in at church (on a good week – but who’s counting). Why should I have to give up more of my time – my personal time – to train these people that God brings into my life and my ministry. It’s my ministry anyway. Just what does God think He’s doing???
Any of that self talk sound familiar? If your honest and your human, it does. It is difficult to put our heart and soul into our ministry and not get possessive of it. We know what we want in this ministry, for this ministry. We know the fruit of this ministry is going to be and by golly, we’re going to get it there using those whom we hand pick or it “just wasn’t supposed to be”.
Sometimes, I don’t want to get involved in an “open” ministry – one where God is in control. Why not? Cause then I would have to work with some people that I don’t want to work with. Sometimes it’s those who argue all the time, sometimes it’s those who are SUPER needy and sometimes it’s those who are downright mean. Sometimes, it’s working with those who are just “below” us – spiritually, emotionally or monetarily.
Open Ministry. What is Open Ministry? It’s one where God is the leader. One where everyone has a place. It’s a ministry that is OPEN to ANYONE. I got to tell you – it’s the hardest ministry you will EVER have in your entire life – but it’s one that God will move in more than all the others combined. Look at Jesus’ Ministry. Who did He minister to? Who did He use to help Him minister? Were they the wealthy, the powerful? Jesus showed us how to lead a ministry. Follow Jesus’ example. Use those God brings – not the ones you bring. You’ll be amazed at how God’s people are “dead ringers” for that particular ministry!