I Can Do That

Published on Jan 22nd, 2015 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
I Can Do That

I Can Do That

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were working with someone who had many years of experience and you were the novice?  If you were smart you kept your mouth shut and did your best to do exactly what you were told.  Your partner knew what they were doing and they knew what the finished product needed to look like.  But what about when you were two months into the business and you have now helped on many of these same projects?  Don’t you find that you often have more of a tendency to open your mouth about your opinion about how to do things?  Haven’t you found that somehow you now know more than your partner or boss?  Maybe you have a good idea or maybe you don’t.  Maybe the way that your boss has been doing things for twenty years could be streamlined and improved or maybe you just have a different idea.  Maybe we just like being in control or want to feel as if we are more than just a laborer?  I am not sure.  But I know this…once we get that attitude and once we start to question the boss’s way of doing things…there will be some disruption and the project always suffers.

Many of us have been doing ministry a long time.  God, by his grace, has given us fruit and has grown us and others in many ways.  I thank God that he doesn’t ever picture himself as a boss but he is our Sovereign Lord who knows far more than we will ever know.  I have been wondering if maybe we have become so comfortable with ministering that we, at times, run ahead of our Lord.  We find ourselves shouting over our shoulders, “Here we are Lord, over here, will you come and bless this mess we have created!”   It seems that, at times, we have become so used to ministering that we stop depending on the knowledge of God and begin to think we can handle things on our own.  We forget that every person is different and that every ministry opportunity is unique.  We believe that we have the situation all under control and if we need help then we will go to the Lord.  It really is a silly and foolish attitude.  The Lord knows exactly what he wants to do in each situation and he knows what the final product really needs to look like so it is probably a better idea to continue to consult him than to try and do it on our own.

At the beginning of this year it might be a good time for us to slow down in our hearts and to seek to hear him again.  That is why for the first six months of 2015 I would challenge you to stop and pray for the same guidance and help that you used to pray for when you first attempted to minister to someone.  Stop and listen, once again, to the Spirit’s direction about how he wants you to proceed.  Ask God to give you a clearer picture of how he wants us to do his work here on earth.  After all it is his kingdom.  He has the clearest picture of what needs to be accomplished and how.  It may, to us, look just like it always has but, as we said, each person is different and every ministry opportunity is unique.  It is what keeps ministry exciting and what should keep us humble and seeking the Lord’s direction.

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