Ministry is hard. Really hard.
There is the day-in and day-out work – heart work that matters big time.
There is fear that what you say or do might not make an impact.
There is fervent prayer on behalf of the souls who do not believe, because people need Jesus like they need water and many don’t realize this.
There is the daily process of our own sanctification.
But, in the midst of all of the hard work of ministry, there is the call to go.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” [Matthew 28:19-20, ESV]
And in the going, there is the command to be courageous.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” [Joshua 1:9, ESV]
I don’t know about you, but oftentimes I find it downright difficult to be courageous in my daily ministry. It feels easier to sit in my bubble of a comfort zone. But here is an honest truth that I have to preach to myself daily.
The truth is this: the hard work of ministry does not happen when I stand on the sidelines. The hard work of ministry happens when I choose courage.
Easy? By no means. But it is a command.
“Be strong and courageous.”
I heard a story one time that gave me a bit of hope amidst the discouragement I was feeling about my daily ministry. It’s the story of the Chinese Bamboo.
Walk with me to the Arabah Joy blog where I share the inspiring story of the Chinese Bamboo (it’s a good one, y’all!) and some steps we can take when we’re feeling discouraged about ministry.
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