“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:14
By now, we are into the busy fall schedule at our churches. We love summer and a time away, but it is good to get back into a routine. What new or perhaps old responsibilities have you taken on for this coming year in your church? Are you enjoying the work you are doing for the Lord or do you already feel like you are overwhelmed or in a rut? How many times do we decide to do something, try something new, or even do the same thing we have been doing for years without consulting God and His will for this ministry? We might wonder why a ministry is not effective. Could it be because we do not pray in advance asking the Lord to mold us into the ministry, to equip us by the Holy Spirit and to submit to His leading? Maybe we did pray but on such short notice that we did not give God the time to work answers in our heart. Perhaps what is lacking is a freshness and joy in our ministry from the very beginning because we started what seemed good to us rather than what was God’s will. Sound like something you are experiencing? Jesus says in John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in Him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Here is our hope, our existence for life and our provision for ministry; it is Jesus Christ and Him alone. Is it not Jesus and His will upon which our ministries and we must rely? May we return Jesus to His rightful focus in our desire to serve and be the Master of our ministries.