Say "Yes" to God

As I look back at my own spiritual journey, along with observations of the journeys of others, I’ve noticed that we tend to take on ministry and quit ministry for the wrong reasons. To begin with, we take up ministry out of guilt or emotional excitement.  Following that, we quit ministry when we are confronted with adversity. Going along with all of that, we face spiritual warfare and the difficulty of dealing with messy people along the way. And to make matters even worse, we allow ourselves to become spiritually dry from a lack of spending time alone with God.  All in all, we’ve made things way too complicated. We allow our emotions, flesh nature and other selfish desires dictate our next move instead of simply focusing on obedience to God.
 
It all boils down to saying “yes” to God. We serve at His beckon call and for His glory. We say “yes” to God in general and more specifically as it pertains to our individual gifting and calling.
 
Saying “yes” to God in general. This is the general area of things that all Christians are called to obey.
 
Loving (Matthew 22:36-40)
Worshipping (John 4:24; Hebrews 10:25)
Serving (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)
Giving (2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Malachi 3:8-10)
Praying (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
 
Saying “yes” to God specifically. This is the specific area of your gifting and calling where you are called to serve in obedience to God.
 
Spiritual Gift (1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, Ephesians 4)
Specific Area of Ministry (who, what, when, where, why)
 
So do we join a ministry area because we get excited? Do we sign up for a ministry because someone made me feel guilty? Do we quit a ministry because we are facing adversity? No, of course not. We serve at the pleasure of the Lord and King.  Nothing less and nothing else matters.
 
A Work in Progress,
 
Pastor Gene

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