Ministry can be tough sometimes right? We put in a lot of work to produce a service for stuents to engage God but sometimes we don’t if it works. We put in hours going to Starbucks, yogurt and jr high basketball games and sometimes wonder “Why?”. We pour into countless students over the years and sometimes feel like we are getting nothing in return. We know it is not about us but there is a part of us, the human side, where we can’t help but wonder, “Are we really being effective?” I struggle with this at times. If this is you now…
- When you meet someone who has never stepped foot in a church and they come back that second week… it’s worth it.
- When that student you have been pouring into for years finally gets what it means to live for Jesus… it’s worth it.
- When the parent who seems to be against you finally turns for you andyour vision for the ministry… it’s worth it.
- When all of the planning for the camps seems grueling but students lives are changed because of it… it’s worth it.
- When the volunteers of your new ministry finally seem to get what you have been challenging them to do… it’s worth it.
- When a student gives their life to Jesus… it’s worth it.
This is why we do what we do. Our work is never truly finished but it is truly worth it all.
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.