Something that has been on my heart for a long time has been serving where you are, no matter what that service looks like. It also means serving even if you never receive any positive feedback. Really, it’s about obedience.
I have always had a hard time accepting facebook and blogging. First because you lay yourself out there for all the world (or at least your circle of friends) to see. Secondly because it can become a trap for pride and self-promotion. Vulnerability and Pride aren’t my two favorite things in life, so I often avoid facebook (plus, I just don’t feel like I have anything clever to say most of the time). Now blogging. This is another story.
I went to a conference in which I learned about a very important perspective concerning ministry. It had to do with expanding your ministry through…drumroll please… blogging! I’m not saying this is for everyone (although it seems that everyone is blogging), but I had already had a sense that I should be writing. So what’s a girl to do, but obey? Even if it means I get no feedback. Even if it means I might be putting myself in some uncomfortable situations of vulnerability.
So what about you? Perhaps your service is to your family, something that’s very behind the scenes and certainly gets little to no feedback!
Maybe it’s to serve someone at work who doesn’t know Jesus from Paul McCartney.
Your service may be a full time job in ministry (and I’m sure that sometimes you wish you DIDN’T get feedback since it can often be negative or discouraging).
Whatever it is, think of these service opportunities as ways in which your Father has specifically designated you to help fill needs for His church and for the lost. Think of what you’re passionate about as you minister and realize that your passion comes from Him. Yes, you’ll get discouraged when you don’t see immediate results. Or when people don’t get as excited about what you’re passionate about. Or when you feel under-appreciated or invisible. But take heart in knowing that He has ordained you for this service.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
Your service = good works. Good works = the glorification of your Father. God prepared you for these good works, and He will make sure you have all you need to accomplish them.