Ministry is not glamorous. It is messy and random. It’s draining and often leaves me wondering “am I making a difference in any one thing that I’m doing?”
Simply put, working in ministry can be discouraging. I think since being in full time ministry, my personal relationship with the Lord has been tested the most. I have been the most frustrated with myself and others. I have found myself doubting the eternal significance of my day to day tasks. It is hard for me to always remember that we don’t get to pick the most pleasant or easiest ways to reflect Christ, but that we are called to serve others and show His love—in the ways we like and in the ways that we don’t. I will be honest in saying that when I feel my most frustrated or selfish, my heart does not automatically jump to the truth found in 1 Corinthians 10:31-33.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks, or the church of God—even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of the many, so that they may be saved.”
…But it should.
I want my heart to go there. I want to have the mindset of whatever I do, wanted or not, to be done with the attempt of glorifying the Lord. I want to do it all for the good of the many so that they may be saved. If it is serving in a challenging situation, loving the unlovable, or completing a seemingly meaningless task—I should do it all in the hope that the lost may be saved.
I think of the example found in our lead pastor, Dan. He does so much behind the scenes and most of it would probably not be his first choice. People see him on the weekends and on events as the upfront guy. The one that must be able to pick whatever he wants to do during the week and delegate all that he doesn’t. However, I see him as someone that understands he needs to seek the good of the many, not just his own good. I see him picking up water bottles left behind from the weekends, often being the first person to arrive and the last to leave, or even being willing to give someone the occasional hug (though it goes against every instinct in him to guard his precious personal space). Though he is as imperfect as the rest of us, he does what needs to be done because he is seeking the good of the many so that they may be saved.
This seeking the good of the many doesn’t just apply to church staff members or full-time missionaries. It applies to everyone that has received salvation. It doesn’t matter what we do. No matter how unpleasant or random or frustrating, we are called to do every task for the glory of the Lord so that others may come to know our Lord and we can find true joy in that cause. In our chosen careers and in every aspect of lives, we are called to bring glory to God. It may not always be pleasant or seem important from our perspective, but every task and conversation is so worth it if even one is saved.
Director of Spiritual Development/ Central Church