2. God’s in control.
These two phrases have had me thinking a lot about how little I have to do with how God uses me, and how there ‘s more to ministry then what we traditionally understand. God has been showing me that there is no limits to what He can do in us and through us. I’ve had situations where a student shared with me that 8 months ago that a hug I don’t remember giving was the catalyst for his life change. I’ve also received text messages about how something I said in passing changed a students life for the better. I had a conversation with a student about an invitation they casually received from a leader to go to summer camp. Well, that ended up kick-starting the students walk with Christ. I’ve had students share their testimony with their parents, and their parents come to Christ through it. This is why the phrase it’s all ministry and God’s in control exists. And if you think about your ministry I sure you can think of some stories of unorthodox life change.
Sometimes when we don’t recognize these two phrases, we run into issues and begin to think:
- I need to make this program, message, song, conversation and event perfect because that’s how students come to christ when things are done right and perfect.
- Let’s make God do more by praying harder.
- If only I can put the right words together they will change.
- It’s just a conversation, smile, high five, coffee, remembered name, hug, ride, invite, or Facebook/Twitter/Instagram post of encouragement. None of that is real ministry.
When you understand that everything we do as youth workers is ministry and God’s in control you begin to think:
- I’m going to be intentional about the small things because I know God uses them.
- I will strive to do my best and allow God to do the rest. It may not be perfect, but it will be worth it, If I serve from my heart.
- God is not a genie in a bottle. So I won’t petition HIm as if He is.
- The Holy Spirit will give me the words to say. I just need to surrender to him and allow him to use me.
- God help me see every opportunity I have to share my faith and your love.
I used to think that God worked in a certain way, because of tradition, I used to believe that ministry was confined to a certain area of life. I was sadly mistaken. God wants to use every part of our life. He wants use our strengthens, weaknesses, failures and wins. He won’t let anything go to waste. Also, we must come to terms with the fact that ultimately God is in control. I would even say rest in the fact that God is in control, because it’s a good thing. Would love to hear how you are stretching yourself to think outside the box when it comes to ministry. Also, what does (God’s in control) mean to you?
hope it helps,