EVERYONE RESPONSIBLE for the ministry and people of Faith and Victory Church please raise your hand. Only a few can raise their hand. Read on.
“You will become depleted when you refuse to work within the field in which God has given you.” I read that somewhere. God has given us a particular field to work within. When you look longingly at another’s ministry i.e. their field, as if it’s more successful or desirable than the one in which God has given you; or worse that you spit on another’s work because you think you could do better and they are doing it wrong; you will find yourself in a most miserable snd bitter state.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy”; yet there’s so much more to it than just stealing your joy. You are not equipped to work another’s field. You don’t have the right tools and skill set for their kind of soil. You will become depleted, burnt out and eventually just stop working.
“As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].” 1 Peter 4:10
You need to hear this, God is pleased when you use the gifts He’s given you. No matter how big or how small it is in your eyes; using your gifts and tending the field God has placed you in pleases the Father. He has given you what He wants you to have and use. If it’s one talent then by all means use that one talent to the glory of the Lord. Comparing and competing only makes you bitter. Take a lesson from Cain and Abel,
“So the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.””
Jealousy only produces strife. And why do you even care how someone else uses their talents and does their work for the Lord? It’s not any of your business. They will answer to the Master for their lives. “Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” (Rom 14:4) Mind your own business.
Why do you care how I serve the Lord or how I share the gospel or teach the Word of God? Peter, Paul, James, John— all had different ministries and methods. Just because someone doesn’t do it like you, does not mean they are doing it wrong. As long as I am not in heresy or in sin, it’s just preference. God uses all kinds of people and means for His purposes. And again I say, mind your own business and stop casting stones because you don’t like how another ministers.
The ministry of a prophet is different from the ministry of an evangelist. The ministry of a church in the PNW is going to be different than a church in the Bible Belt. It’s supposed to be different because it takes us all working together for His kingdom. Keep your eyes on your own race. Besides all that, you are not gifted for another’s office and probably could not handle what other’s have to endure. Paul was told in the beginning he was a chosen instrument to suffer greatly for Jesus. Stay in your lane and stop worrying about how God is using someone else, or even how God is using a specific church in a specific area.
You would be wise to work for an audience of One so that on that day you hear, “Well done good and faithful servant” when you have done the ministry and worked the field God gave you to work.
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