Whatever you do, don’t go into the New Year not knowing why you are doing what you do!
Before you figure what you are going to do and how you are going to do it, for Heaven’s sake (literally) determine why you are going to do it.
Why am I doing what I’m doing?
This is the “gut-check” question.
Dear friend, please don’t underestimate the importance of this question. Our hearts are desperately wicked and easily deceive us.
There’s a fine line between godly ambition and just plain unvarnished selfish ambition.
Ever wondered why a team of world-class, highly paid athletes can be a team of losers?
That’s easy. They love money, they love praise and perks, but they don’t love the game and their teammates. They’re not playing for the love of the game; they’re not playing because they love each other and want to win (whatever it takes) for the team.
Oh they love…themselves. They love numbers–their numbers but the number (the team score) is not paramount to them.
This same thing can happen to you.
Let me remind you: At the end of the day, the only good reason for doing what you’re doing is for the love Jesus Christ.
Speaking specifically to ministers and church leaders (you can adapt this whatever it is you do and you can also ask your pastor why it is he/she is doing whatever it is they are calling for your church to do)…
You can love preaching, church work, church growth and the perks and praise that comes with being a “man or woman of God,” and you can be very good at it and be well-paid for doing it and still be a loser–because you’ve stopped loving Jesus like you used too and you’ve stopped doing what you do first and foremost for his glory and his honor.
Here’s a quick check list of four “wrong” reasons to do what you do:
- Because you’re competing with other churches. Come on! Either we’re all on the same team or we’re not. Be yourself; do your thing. You’re the vital ingredient in the “secret sauce” where you’re serving (being a poor substitute of another church or church leader is a recipe for disaster). God sent you where you serve to complete what is lacking in the Body, not to compete with the Body.
- Because you want to increase the attendance and budget. Foul! Do what you’re doing to disciple, serve, and bless the people God has put under your charge. Numbers matter as indicators but the moment you start making number decisions you also stop making people decisions.
- Because you’re hanging on unto you can get a move or can retire. Shame! You know that will not do. Wherever you are be all there. Leave the future in God’s hands. Besides, the best thing you can do for your future is be a success where you are now.
- Because of what your peers will think. Forget about it! Don’t make one single decision based on the opinions of another minister. They’ll not stand with you in “the” judgment, why let them sit in a seat of judgment now? Peer pressure is not exclusive to just teenagers; we all have to deal with it; you must defeat it in your life.
Well, that’s a quick study. There are many “wrong” reasons for us to do the things we do. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will keep you and me both focused on the one right reason next year–for from that flows all the keys for the other issues of life
2 Peter 3:18 (NKJV)
18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
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