THE LIFE OF A MINISTER, (Dedicated to all who left all behind to serve in unusual terrains), She asked as we sat under that tree, “Pastor, how is…

THE LIFE OF A MINISTER
(Dedicated to all who left all behind to serve in unusual terrains)
She asked as we sat under that tree, “Pastor, how is ministry?” She was not just not asking about my welfare. She was asking because she senses a call also.
I smiled and responded, “Each day with God needs a lot of grace. Ministry is enjoyable only when you do it with God”.
Ministry must be an overflow. If you start doing it out of personal strength, you will be completely drained out.
That is why the call is first to be with Him and that He might send you out. Being with Him is the root of the work. Going for Him must be an offshoot of being with Him.
If you are not strengthened by Him, you will grumble, get confused and feel overwhelmed.
A minister who does not serve the Lord but serves the people will run out of flames. A minister’s personal devotion is His fuel. He cannot survive on empty tank.
What shall we say to these things?
Shall we talk of days and nights sleeping on a chair in the hospital yet meeting the needs of others and solving the challenges of others?
What shall we say to these things?
Shall we talk of days that you just cried and leaned in on God and yet you hold on to a crying brother whose challenge is far less than what burdens you?
Shall we talk of days when the ministry will sponsor the needs of others that you equally have but integrity and accountability will never make you go near it?
Shall we talk about the tests you must pass- you will dedicate third cars when you have none! You will dedicate buildings when you have none.
But you must stay strong minister. You must stay strong.
The fuel of a minister is his personal devotion. If he jokes with it, he will run aground.
The capital of a minister is his character. It must not be depleted.
The profit of a minister is a changed life. He must keep winning the lost and equipping the saints.
My teacher said to me, “Full-time ministry is tough but under God, it is worth it”.
Truth be told, the “thank-you” of a minister is not here. The final thank you is coming from the one who commissioned.
Temiloluwa Ola, Eruwa


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