Longevity in Ministry (How to last in ministry)

It is always exciting when we are called into ministry – there is not doubt.  We know for certain that God has given us direction to serve Him in________________ (you fill in the blank). I remember vividly when God called me to lead the pregnancy center ministry. I was certain of it – but scared of it as well. I questioned my abilities, yet I knew God would never ask me to do something He would not equip me to do. So in faith, I stepped into that role. As time went on the center began to grow and we had to hire staff, clients’ lives were being saved, babies were being born. Then hard times came!  I began to question my time at the center.  Was it time for me to go?  Had I been mistaken; had God really called me to do this? I went as far as to begin looking for employment elsewhere.

In the midst of my wrestling, I was at church one Sunday morning and my pastor gave a message that seemed to be just for me.  I will never forget it. He said, “When you know that God has called you to do something – there is no doubt that you were called. That call is like being in the armed forces. When you get your orders, you go to that post and you stay. You stay at that post through all kinds of weather, through the good times and the bad. No one will come to tell you that you are supposed to be there. You stay at the post until you get further orders.

That message answered a lot of questions for me. God had not given me further orders.  It was not time for me to go, but God wanted to teach me people skills and mold me into the character of Jesus, my Lord. When I settled that in my heart, He reassured me of his help through His Word.  “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

So, my friends, if you question your call ask, “Has God given me further orders?” If not, then hang in there – He will truly help you.

~Linda

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