Don't get discouraged in your ministry. You may never know the impact that it has on others....you may never know but God knows.
As those of you who read my blogs know I write three of them; this one, Faith The Evidence - Bible Studies, What The Bible Teaches Us About Faith, and I maintain this website. It's a lot of work and I sometimes wonder if anybody other than me is getting blessed. I've even thought at times of not spending as much time writing, and every now and then I've thought about stopping altogether. Then God, as He often does let's me know that, even if I never see it, what I do for Him is never in vain.
Today I got a comment on one of my recent blog posts, ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE WORD OF GOD WHEN YOU THINK HE'S ABANDONED YOU. The commrnt reminded me why I do what I do. When I read it I was reminded of something my pastor says every Sunday and what the writer of Hebrews said;
Hebrews 6:10 (NKJV) For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
I want to share that comment with you because it blessed and encouraged me, and I believe it will bless and encourage you, especially if you've every become discouraged in your ministry because it doesn't seem to be going anywhere. You're not seeing people being saved or delivered and you start to question yourself and even God. Then al, of a sudden God sends you a reminder
Here's the comment:
"Your post is an awesome sign of the presence of God always with us. A week ago Friday I was let go from my job. I have continued to trust Gods plans, pray, start and continue my day with Him and listening to His instructions. Every day I read Jeremiah 29. The days after I got let go, numerous people referenced or instructed me to read this. Me reading this post today is no coincidence. I know he has a plan for me. Thank you for your post."
Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
When you start to get discouraged in your ministry first remember that it's not about you anyway it's all about God. Secondly remember that you may never know who or how you impact people when you are doing what God called and equipped you do. Thirdly He'll always let you know that He won't forget. Keep working don't stop, don't ever stop. Like Paul;
Phillippians 2:16 (NLT) Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.