Many times in our ministries we feel our efforts being unrewarded. We feel the strain on our shoulders, the time we’ve spent in the preparation seems long and so we reach the point of almost giving up. However, what we always forget is that the work we’re doing is not solely ours. We forget to pray for His guidance and the leading of the Spirit. Coming from our corporate experiences and training we always try to create a “perfect” plan the way we always do at work. We measure success by the metrics we are used to having. What we often neglect to consider is that the Lord may have a different purpose in the particular mission in time. He may have other things in mind that we can’t still appreciate at the moment. Thus, it is important to pray and discern what He wants. It is difficult but at the end of the day, just look at it from the point of faith and a complete and total trust in the Lord.
In the Gospel (Lk. 9: 51-62), the disciples
James and John were furious when the reception of the people were less than
hospitable. They asked,
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from Heaven to consume them? Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.”
We can see our frustrations in James and John such that there are times we want to send “lightning and thunder” to others. Yet Jesus showed and reacted differently; this is not the way to do it. After all, this is God’s work and He is still in control.
The Lord also reminded us on what commitment to Him is all about. He asks us to focus on our specific “operation” of the moment and not be distracted by the concerns of the world. He reminds us,
“No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Being a follower of Christ demands commitment and God requires no less. When we’ve committed ourselves to Him, there are just so many things to do that we can’t anymore look to what’s left behind every now and then. But we love Him this much, right? Our love for Him would be enough to bring us through in our own missionary journey. To encourage us that we can “survive”, He gives us a “tip”:
“I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh.”
The Holy Spirit is with us to guide us all the way. The Lord has gifted us with this powerful ally in our earthly battles spiritually, physically and emotionally.
Armed with this knowledge, today, reset your focus on what the mission is all about. Remind yourself that Jesus is in control, and this is His work. He knows what’s important in the works of the Kingdom. He knows the way to succeed. Additionally, He knows what we’re experiencing having experienced everything while He was on earth.
Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will give us the strength to persevere in our work for God. Let us pray for the gift of humility to acknowledge our own limitations.
Let us pray for the gift of wisdom for us to know and understand the Lord’s will for our missions.
“Speak, Lord, your servant is listening; you have the words of everlasting life.” (1 Sm. 3: 9, Jn. 6: 68c)