I’m back to blogging. But I’m just not sure how regular I can blog. Ministry has been more busier than ever. I’ll be asking for your prayers.
It’s been years since I was really moved by the resurrection of Christ. No other event or doctrine has moved me than this one. I deeply agree with Lecrae’s words in Don’t Waste Your Life: “Paul said if Christ ain’t resurrected we’ve wasted our lives.” I don’t want a wasted life! Nobody does!
Lately, I got to think about my calling as a full-time church/youth worker. While I’m enjoying it, I can’t deny that it is becoming more and more challenging. (I once wrote about my discouragement in the ministry.) Here are some of the realities that I face in full-time ministry:
- Ministry growth comes with increasing organizational challenges and pastoral responsibilities.
- Of course, there are still those times when the ministry becomes stagnant.
- I still deal with people who are “extra grace required” (EGR).
- When people need my help, they come to me. But when times are good, they usually don’t remember me. (Is it just me?)
- It’s such a thankless job!
Then I got to think about the resurrection again. If it’s not real, then I’m wasting all my time, energies, and resources for the ministry. Paul says it best:
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain…19If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. (1 Corinthians 15:14, 19, emphases mine)
But I’m thankful that the resurrection is real! My calling, my ministry, and even my life aren’t wasted. And because it’s real, I can be “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord [my] labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Because of the resurrection, my calling is never in vain! To the resurrected King Jesus be glory forever and ever!