Almost instantly I
was challenged to compare these thoughts with the ministry.
Without going into depth, let's consider these four points.
if we strive for excellence in ministry, then we must genuinely care for
those we are ministering to. Do
you have a deep compassion for the flock God has entrusted to you?
Second, when was the
last time you knew God was directing you to a task, but you didn't want to
risk making a mistake, criticism, or conflict.
When God speaks and directs, there really is no risk involved
except what we allow to be perceived in our own thoughts.
God has already thought it through.
He has seen the situation from all perspectives and knows what He
is leading you to do. Has
excellence been replaced with the adage, 'better safe than sorry?'
Third, think about
what scripture says on dreaming dreams and seeing visions.
God is a big God with a big kingdom that involves big dreams.
A dream doesn't revolve around events we can plan for, programs we
can develop on our own, or goals we can accomplish with a little extra
elbow grease. A dream is
visionary. It's beyond what we
see presently happening. It
challenges us to grow and walk in faith.
Walking in faith
brings us to the fourth point. What
are your expectations? Many
people generally think of numerical, financial, and spiritual growth.
But there is so much more; families being reunited, schools being
influenced for Christ, nations being changed.
That's just the tip of the iceberg.
Your ministry is part of God's kingdom.
God's kingdom encompasses more than your city, town, state, or
nation. So, in reality, your
ministry is much larger and farther reaching than what you may realize.
ministry comes from a heart filled with God's love that is willing to
boldly walk forward in God-given visions and dreams; expecting great
things -- even the impossible -- to take place.
May God richly bless
you and your ministry.
Rev. Gary R. Linn
Children's Ministry Today