We live in the most incredible moment in history. The church is alive and influential. In a world covered in darkness, the church in all her beauty truly is shining bright!
Unfortunately the shining light and influence has led many young leaders to believe that ministry is skinny jeans, itinerate speaking, big stages, followers on Instagram and exploding churches. The danger in this mentality is that we loose sight of the fact that our job is to exalt the name of Jesus and HE will draw all men unto him. We fix our eyes on world renown speakers, radically growing churches, the latest trends in social justice and we begin striving to build the “spotlight church” only to be disappointed when ministry gets messy!
If you have been in ministry for more than 5 minutes, you probably have realized that this is a lot of work!
I’ve often said that ministry would be amazing if it weren’t for all the people! In any given week you have been given the wonderful opportunity to dive into the beautiful mess of peoples lives as well as dealing with the dirt in your own. It may be a 25 year old young women facing an overwhelming diagnosis of stage 4 cancer, a single dad raising his children and fighting for a marriage that his wife has walked out on, a teenager that has been sexually abused and you have to make the report and turn her world even more upside down, or a long time church member battling a drug addiction that is greatly effecting his wife and teenage children. Maybe you are dealing with a staff member who has admitted to a deep personal battle and needs to be walked through the power of God’s redemption, couples in the church who have been caught up in adultery, drama that has escalated as a ridiculous misunderstanding in a connect group or long time friends who tell you they are leaving your church!
And all of that is probably happening in just one week! Or am I the only one?
This on top of navigating the week in and week out responsibilities you carry for your church, dealing with your own insecurities, creating a healthy marriage, raising great kids and fighting the urge to throw in the towel by reminding yourself; “Don’t grow weary in doing good, for in due season you will reap a harvest IF you do not give up!” If you are anything like me, you have probably found yourself asking God
“When is this DUE SEASON?”
This is ministry. It is messy. This is the spotlight God has called you to. We have the privilege and responsibility to shine the light of God on the broken pieces of peoples lives and show them how the beautiful love of Jesus longs to put them back together. We have to opportunity to present the gospel to people who are desperately in need of hope week in and week out. There is no higher calling than to build the church, and my friend, God saw fit to call you! He didn’t call you to a world of Christian celebrities….he called you to a world of beautifully broken people in which you and I fit in perfectly! He never said it would be easy, he just said he would be with us. It was never about the spotlight or the mega church, Jesus has always been about the one and he was never afraid of the mess!
A while back we had a conversation with a couple who were leaving our church. That never gets easy. When you invest your heart and soul into leading people and they walk away, it hurts but it doesn’t change your calling. At the end of the day, we are responsible for how we represent the church, it’s the bride of Christ and He is quite passionate about it. People are not ours to hold on to with a clenched fist but to steward with an open hand. Sometimes you walk people through the deepest darkest valleys of their lives and they leave you when they reach the mountain top. But the same thing happened to Jesus, right? Ministry is messy. It is sometimes a punch to your gut that takes you to you knees asking God, why?
Psalm 46:10 in the Passion Translation say’s this:
“Surrender your anxiety. Be silent and stop striving and you will see that I am God!”
As you are leading in whatever dynamic of ministry God has called you to, this is foundational. Surrender your anxiety. Stop worrying. You won’t have all the answers, but you know the one who does. You won’t be able to change many of the messes you encounter, but you will be able to help people find Jesus in the midst of them. You can’t grow your church or force people to understand the vision, so stop striving. Be silent. Stop repeating all the wrongs that have been done to you and the heavy weight you have had to bare. That weight was never meant for you, God told you he would carry it…so let it go.
You and I are living in the greatest moment in history and we have been given the highest privilege, we are building the church. It is exhilarating, exhausting, messy and rewarding, but this is the churches finest hour! I am believing it is “due season!” So friend, do not give up! Surrender anxiety, stop striving and I believe we will see God do the miraculous in our lives, our churches and our world!
ABOUT MEGHAN ROBINSON
Meghan and her husband Carey pastor The Movement Church in Orange County California! Meghan is a wife, mom to two beautiful girls, church planter, pastor, speaker, friend, and big dreamer! Her greatest passion is helping women identify the God dream inside of them and awaken to their greater purpose! She also loves seeing women in ministry connected, equipped and inspired and is a part of our She Leads team!
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