I don't plan out blog posts. Mostly because I want to be me...and I'm a procrastinator. So whatever I'm writing about, is just me, where I'm at.
This fall I have been teaching/leading three different areas of ministry within our little church. We're little, which means most of the core group is serving in more than one area. I often think maybe that's the reason some people avoid little churches...you're needed. And life is busy, and the more I talk to people, the more I realize that each of us acknowledges each others busyness, but secretly, we think we're the busiest.
And maybe we are. And if that's true, then that's sad. But busy is not the point of this post. Digression.
Ministry is where I'm currently at.
God has been messing with me in lots of different areas. Which I'm planning to share with you over the next few days. Frustrations, anger, complaining, people pleasing, fear of man...it's ugly.
Teaching spiritual stuff is so very good. And so very hard. And has been absolutely essential in my spiritual growth.
It requires time. And preparation. And God wants me to get what I am teaching (that's where the hard part comes in.) It requires commitment. And prayer. I can't decide I don't feel like going. It requires putting other people above myself. It requires inconvenience...which may be the very definition of servant hood. It requires obedience. It requires being held to a higher standard. And for me, it's what God uses to change me, mold me.
These three areas of ministry have not caused the "busy-ness" and hassle that you would think they should. They're producing growth...and growth, in regard to myself, is almost always painful. But in the end, it produces something so beautiful, not just for myself, but for those around me. It boils down to this: Jesus makes a difference in my life. I want other people to know He can make a difference in theirs too. And that makes all the requirements minuscule in comparison.
If you have never taught, or led in an area of ministry in your church: You should. Period. And I don't mean greeting at the door, or working in the nursery once a month (those are great things, and still do those :) but I mean going beyond the ministry that just requires you to show up. In fact, do it regularly. Not constantly, but regularly. Because in the end, what do our beliefs mean if we aren't willing to give of ourselves for His glory?
You will not learn enough, or grow enough by just showing up on Sunday or Wednesday or whatever day. That's what your pastor wants to tell you, but can't because you're too busy telling him how busy you are. Just kidding!...that's what his wife wants to tell you. ;)
Till tomorrow...or ten days from now.