Earlier this month, my family and I made a HUGE leap of faith. Perhaps the biggest jump in our lives; we moved from Australia to the United States as I was offered a role as Youth Pastor at a Church in New Jersey.
It was extremely surprising to us, which didn’t mean sense. I mean, we had always known that we were called to the United States; yet we were nervous, excited and trepidatious all rolled into one.
Getting four kids under the age of 8 years old on a 20+ hour flight isn’t anyone’s idea of ‘fun’; yet, we made it and are now serving in the Church. My point is this: through all the tough times in ministry and life, one thing is important; remember your calling into ministry. I’ll admit, this is extremely easy to say, but when the tough times hit; when the heat of the minstry furness gets turned up, it becomes increasingly difficult to hear; let alone believe.
I want to let you on in a little secret; ministry is an extremely sacred calling. It’s something that only a select few have the privilege of experiencing and it’s something that we may need to pause, take a step back and take in. God has called you to ministry and has equipped you with the necessary tools to do His work. I’m not saying that you don’t need ongoing training and development, because you do. I’m merely saying that God has gone before you; He has ordained people to be in your life who will support, uplift and encourage you; even when it gets tough!
One of my favorite Bible passages comes from Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight”.
Reading this in the original context states this a little differently. It says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths“
This is a huge difference. God doesn’t promise to make your paths straight; He promises that He will direct your paths. Your path will still be windy… it will be full of pitfalls… it will still be unpredictable. Essentially, God promises that your life will be difficult; and this is particularly true for ministry. But you know what? He promises to direct your paths; no matter how hard they may be.
Ministry is a calling; a special calling that only few have been entrusted with. It’s an honor in the highest degree that we need to embrace.
So remember your calling. Remember that He has gone before you. Remember that He will direct your paths.