A couple of incidents have concerned me yesterday. Firstly I was asked where I saw my career going... secondly I read an interview with someone in ministry looking at their career to date. Hang on....career....somethings not right!
I dragged this up - it must be floating around somewhere on the internet, someone emailed it to me 6 years ago.
Some people have a JOB in the church; others involve themselves in a MINISTRY. What's the difference?
If you are doing it just because no one else will, it's a JOB. If you are doing it to serve the Lord, it's a MINISTRY.
If you quit because somebody criticised you, it was a JOB. If you keep on serving, it's a MINISTRY.
If you'll do it only as long as it does not interfere with your other activities, it's a JOB. If you are committed to staying with it even when it means letting go of other things, it's a MINISTRY.
If you quit because no one praised you or thanked you, it was a JOB. If you stay with it even though nobody recognises your efforts, it is a MINISTRY.
It's hard to get excited about a JOB. It's almost impossible not to be excited about a MINISTRY.
If our concern is success, it's a JOB. If our concern is faithfulness, it's a MINISTRY.
An average church is filled with people doing JOBs. A healthy church is filled with people involved in MINISTRY.
Where do we fit in?
What about us?
If God calls you to a MINISTRY, don't treat it like a JOB. If you have a JOB, give it up and find a MINISTRY. God does not want us feeling stuck with a JOB, but excited and faithful to Him in a MINISTRY.