Church ministry tasks often seem the most difficult to perform. Many of us are in unknown territory, being asked to participate in areas that may be beyond our comfort zone or ability. Sometimes we shy away from taking on ministry responsibilities at church because our time is already used up with other tasks. Maybe it’s time to reassess our priorities. What’s on your plate?
Most of us have full plates of work to do in our church, home, and job. God gives us many tasks we are privileged to do for our family, our employer, and our church body. Some we enjoy, some we reject and remove, and some we just don’t do at all.
Does your ministry “plate” consist of tasks of your own selection or are they God ordained tasks? Do they stretch you to learn something new? Do they move you to assume greater responsibilities? Do they fill you with passion and challenge you?
It’s natural to prefer to want to pick the tasks on our plate. Consider the tasks you are obligated to perform. If you chose to do them, then they must be appealing in some way. Or maybe they’ve just become a routine you assume you are to continue. Maybe it’s time to ask God in prayer about continuing with this old routine.
God gives us tasks that help to shape us to be more like Him. Can you discern the difference between what has God put on your plate and what you put on your plate?
Have you ever noticed how the resentment flares up whenever God puts a task upon us we do not want? We procrastinate. We leave it to be done last. We sit in dread and despair.
Growing is a difficult process. Learning new ministry skills is daunting, particularly when they’re out of our comfort zone. Refusing to develop into the person God wants us to be is a demonstration of a lack of faith and trust in Him. It is disobedience. Take the plunge to reassess your skill set and seek God’s direction for your ministry work in the church.
Let us cultivate our trust in God, remembering that He will enable us to do what we don’t believe we can do. It’s time to get into the Word of God to learn the lessons of old that demonstrate His power, love, mercy, and grace. Consider the truth of these verses from Psalm 18:29-32 (KJV):
“For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect, the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.”
When faced with tasks that God has given, let us begin with prayer. Prayer helps us develop the righteous mindset. We get our focus on Him and on His task. Prayer opens the heart to God, allowing the Holy Spirit to direct us into God’s perfect will. Obstacles seem to dissolve as we carry out our instructions. If not, God will make a way to overcome them. The plan is His, and He will show us what to do.
Let us not be like children who refuse to taste something new on their plate. If we allow our heavenly Father to make our selections for us, we can be certain our needs and heartfelt desires will be taken into consideration. Allowing God to direct us in our ministry skills development keeps us on track. For after all, He loves us and knows what’s best for us and for His purposes.
“Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:3-5
Copyright 2014 by Linda Hull, Words of Encouragement Blog