How many ministries do I have? How significant are they? Do they get as much recognition as that other person’s ministry? If we struggle with these questions, we must also ask, does God measure the value of our work for Him, by the size or notoriety of a ministry?
If God gives me something to do, that is, if He places me in a certain era, locale, circumstance or relationship, then it is significant, no matter how it is measured by humans. The woman that puts her career on hold to stay at home and nurture her children, the husband that goes to an unpleasant job to provide for his family, the church helper that cleans the toilets and runs the vacuum, the friend that carries a burden and faithfully prays, the daughter-in-law that cares for her husband’s aging Mother. Most of the time, these are not recognized as ministry, at least not by other human beings, but God sees. He knows every difficulty. He sees the sleepless nights, the exhaustion and the self-sacrifice. He appointed you to this ministry, and He will see you through it, all of the way to the very end.
If this is really true, why then do we feel so burdened in this God appointed ministry? Simply put, we might believe that we are somehow responsible for the result. In reality, we are only responsible for faithfully doing the work each day and God will take care of the rest. There is freedom and peace when we finally strip down to the simplicity of doing our best with each moment and trusting God to bring beauty out of our efforts. You are His hands here on Earth, but just remember that He is God. He is the same God that spoke creation into existence. He is still seated on His throne. He is God and we are not. Phew, what a relief!
No matter how small or hidden the ministry – if God calls us to it – it has great significance in God’s economy. Focus your passions on things with eternal significance and don’t squander the opportunities that God places before you. Work with excellence and intentionality. Do the work each day and then rest and watch Him bring great, great beauty.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Jesus Christ