When you’re at your lowest…when you want to quit, don’t forget the words of the prophet Isaiah in 43:1. “I have called you by name; you are mine. Don’t forget the word of Mary, God’s handmaiden. “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit doth rejoice in God my Savior.” Don’t forget the last words of John Wesley on his deathbed “The best of all is, that God is with us.” Finally don’t forget the words the words of the psalmist. “The Lord will keep your going out and you’re coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” God is the source of our help.
Ministry is ultimately not about our wants and desires. My 42 years of service evidence that reality. Nor is it about advancement or job security. Ministry is about bringing in God's kingdom on this earth. It's about feeding the sheep and growing the church wherever we are appointed. Ministry is about giving ourselves away by sharing grace, salvation, shalom, and social and personal holiness.