Jesus said one of the most powerful statements ever for ministers. It should be engraved on every Bible College building, our brains, Church buildings, and training program missions statements.
“I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” John 17:4-5
Did you notice the last part – you gave me to do?
Can we honestly say as ministers we are doing the work you gave me to do?
I can honestly say that I don’t often want to do the work you gave me to do? Do you ever struggle with this? I know I do. It’s hard to come to peace with who is the boss.
I often struggle with the assignment that comes from the Father.
I often struggle to get the assignment changed.
I often struggle when the assignment is not in the mainstream.
I often struggle because I know I have to pick between the Father’s approval and man’s.
I often struggle when the assignment from the Father is not popular.
Can I say I am fulfilling the work the Father gave me to do?
Jesus said He did it all that was assigned Him by the end of His earthly life. Paul said the same thing in 2 Timothy 4:7. I want to be able to say the same thing.
In order to do so I have to stop asking several questions. These include: What do I want to see done? What do I want to see done for God? What do people I minister to want? Instead, all of my questions must be reduced to just one: What does God want?
Are you willing for the Father to do whatever it takes to fulfill His purposes in your life?
Easier said than done.
It means only asking my Father what does He want and not caring about the rest.
It means that the end result will not look like what we think it will look like.
We have only finite eyes that are trying to discern the infinite.
Ministers, give him permission.
The voices in the earth are loud and try to drown out the Voice in my spirit.
We all want to see the glory of God. But some of the glory will be withheld until we complete the work He gave us to do. Some of the glory has been delayed because we often do what we want to do.
May His Glory Come!
“Many of us do not go on in our spiritual life because we prefer to choose what is our right instead of relying upon God to choose for us.” – Os Hillman