A Call To Rest Or A Call To Ministry
When God calls you into ministry, never forget the call of ministry is secondary to developing a sound, mature & intimate walk with Jesus. That means you MUST step aside/set aside quality & quantity time, in solitude with Jesus – especially in the Word of God.
Unfortunately, too many Christians neglect this & drown themselves in ministry instead. They then become burnt out, stressed, arrogant, judgmental, self-righteous, and/or depressed.
Then the question occurs, “What went wrong?”
Learn this lesson well & take it from one who lived this error for many years. Top priority is developing our relationship with Jesus.
Ministry is replaceable.
Your relationship with Jesus is NOT replaceable.
If intimate fellowship with Jesus is not your top priority, you are guaranteed to have your trials get the better of you. They will control you. I encourage you to seek God intimately and see CHRIST IN YOU as your REST IN HIM.
We see this exemplified in the gospel of Luke with the story of Martha and Mary. Notice how Jesus sets the correct priority between the solitary, rest life of loving God and the public life of ministry – loving and serving God in Luke 10:38-42.
Observe closely what Jesus calls the most important. Now as they were traveling along, He (Jesus) entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
A Call To Ministry, like Martha is doing, is important, but never at the expense of ministering unto the Lord in solitude, of resting in Jesus. As Jesus talks to Martha, we see Him laying a foundation of the importance of listening, resting first – just like Mary did. Mary was doing what Jesus said was the most important thing to do. Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to every word coming from the mouth of Jesus. That’s what we do in silence and rest when Jesus speaks to us through His Word.
It is wise not to neglect The Call To Rest at the expense of The Call To Ministry.