“Ministry” – and we all have one – can develop a life of its own. One door can open another and it is tempting just to go through them all. God may allow you to do that, at least for a while, but it is not the best way to be. If you are the type of person that says “Yes” to every ministry opportunity or invitation, something has gone wrong somewhere. Ask God to show you what it about you that is needing his insight and attention. Less is more when God is more in the less than in the more you may have become addicted to.
I felt this morning that there were some who read my blogging efforts that needed to hear this. Some of you may struggle to allow yourselves to hear what I am saying. Something in you will fight against it. That is understandable. When it is the Lord who cares about the wellbeing of His servants who is trying to speak to you, it will not go unopposed. I hope you may not throw this aside in anger and disgust, like a crumpled up letter. Perhaps though you discard this today, you might retrieve it and read it again when your hostility (or is it a fear? Panic?) has lessened, or indeed when you have become curious about your own hostility and reaction.
This blog came about because of a dream. I could also have written it from experience of many years ministry and ministry opportunities. Looking back, I said “Yes” too often….I wish I had learned to say “No” with equal ease.
God may be warning someone this very day of the imminent danger of a crash.
Remember reading advice from, I think it was Kay Arthur, but I’m not sure…. she said that it may seem godly to seek to meet every request, every need, every demand or expectation even, but it’s not.
It’s not because by doing that it may put someone else off from
offering to help, from stepping up to the plate.
It’s also not, because sometimes it can be fear, or bullying, or
intimidation or lies or usually a combination of all of those
that would have people driven, pressured, etc, to earn or
to atone, when all the time forgetting or not knowing
that Jesus came to seek and to Save and tells us
to Come to Him, all of us who are weary and burdened and burntout
on religion and striving alone.