Friday, June 19, 2020

Don't Be Discouraged - God Needs You

Have you ever felt like your contribution to God doesn't really matter? Have you ever felt like you don't make a difference? Have you ever felt like God doesn't need you? After all, He has so many gifted preachers and so many "big" ministries that He doesn't really need you or me. 

Several years  back, I began to wonder if our ministry was really making a difference. It seemed that we were always on the go, but not seeing anything accomplished. I almost felt that God didn't really need this ministry. He has so many other wonderful ministries that are eminently more qualified and, in fact, do a far better job than we do. Does God really need us?

I then  realized that each and everyone of us has a nucleus of individuals we touch and influence on a daily basis. It may be family members, friends, co-workers or mere acquaintances. We have an opportunity to make a difference on a one-on-one basis in the lives of these individuals. 

In many cases we are the only Jesus these people will ever see. Many of these people seldom, if ever, grace the door of an institutional church. Many times they lump all Christians in the same category. If they have ever been wronged by someone professing to be a Christian they have the attitude that all Christians are like that. If they see the lifestyle of a professing Christian to be that of the world then they reason in their minds, "Why should I become a Christian? What's the difference? I'm living as good of a life as they are."

God doesn't have any "big" or "small" ministries or preachers. God doesn't have any "big" or "small" children. All God has is ministries, preachers and children. My point is those who are involved in what most would consider a "small" ministry are just as important in the eyes of God and in the plan of God as those involved with a large mega ministry.

You see, if you are called of God to do a particular task, no matter what that task may be, then there is no greater ministry you could be involved in. I don't care if you feel called to clean the church, preach the gospel, feed the hungry, clothe the poor or to do anything in between, there is no greater ministry than the one God has called you in to. The important thing is that we be obedient to what God has called us to do. 

I want to encourage you to keep on serving God in the capacity He has called you in to. Remember, there are no big "I's" or little "you's" in God's work. It's all important. 

Until next time...enjoy the journey!


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