A few weeks ago I posted a blog about how to know if you are
called. I gave you the first of
ten ways to know you’re called. Scroll down to my previous post to catch up on
the first point. Here are numbers 2 & 3 of “You Know You’re Called If”…
2. YOU WILL STAND STRONG DURING ADVERSITY.
When you know you are called by God you will stand strong amidst the
challenges. Ministry isn’t easy
and it’s through the difficult times that God builds our strength. Paul says, “I can do all things through
Christ who gives me strength.” So if you are facing a season of stress and
adversity take heart and know that Christ gives us strength and through the
trials we will become stronger.
Adversity comes at all levels of life and ministry. The
ability to stand strong in the midst of it is a choice.
Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for
at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”(NIV)
God’s promise is that we will reap a harvest but in order to
reap a harvest, we have to stand strong and cling to the promises of God’s
2 Timothy 2:1, “You then, my son be strong in the grace
that is in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) Let’s stand
strong in His grace.
3. YOU WILL RESIST MAKING EXCUSES.
The third thing I want to share with you is that you will resist making excuses
for your mistakes or for why your ministry is not growing. First of all we need
to remember that it’s not our ministry but it’s God’s and we are to be his
servant leader. I learned this principle years ago as a 20 something year old
Student Minister at a church in Atlanta, GA. Whenever myself or anyone on staff
would try to make excuses for something he would say, “fire engines are red.”
In other words, there is no room for excuses. That was important principle that
I am still learning. We live in a culture, even among church leaders, that
often pass the blame and don’t take ownership of a problem or situation. When you are called by God He often reminds
us that it’s all about Jesus! Let’s take responsibility, do what you’ve been
called to do and leave the rest up to God.