Have you ever been asked to do something by your pastor that you just aren’t sure you’re capable of doing? Developing an execution plan to move the ministry forward can be daunting. Maybe thinking about what might be required of you is overwhelming and the next step is blurry at best.
I recently found myself in this exact place as I’m settling into a new role in preschool ministry. Perhaps you too have found yourself in a similar position during a role transition or a season shift in the ministry.
As my mind was racing while thinking about all that could be asked of me, the Great Comforter and Strengthener whispered, "Stay close to Me. I will make your path straight. I will reveal to you what you need to know, when you need to know it.”
I realized that as I stick close to and spend time with the Holy Spirit, He will tell me the pieces of the vision that I will need to serve this house well. When I have a decision to make, He will make the correct choice clear. When I have proposals due, He will give me creative ideas. A lot of the time, He will lead me to ask my leaders the right questions so that I can more effectively do what I’ve been asked to do. And He will do the same for you!
Not only do we need to be submitted to the Lord to hear His voice and do His will, but we must be submitted to our leaders as well. In the Voice, Galatians 5:25 reads: “Now since we have chosen to walk with the Spirit, let’s keep each step in perfect sync with God’s spirit. This will happen when we set aside our self-interests and work together to create true community instead of a culture consumed by provocation, pride, and envy.”
We choose. I love that God chooses us before we have chosen Him, but He still asks us to choose Him. We get that choice every moment of everyday. I am continually being challenged to choose God by choosing to submit to His will and walk in peace and unity with my fellow believers, my leaders and my peers. As I do, I find that the work day is smoother, ideas come more quickly, and I’m not frustrated or overwhelmed as easily.
Proverbs 3:6 tells us that He will make our paths straight as we acknowledge Him in all our ways. So, I encourage you to choose Him in every situation. Do not neglect to remember that in verse 5 the Word first tells us to lean on Him and rely not on our own understanding. When you remember this, it makes it easier to choose His will. Rely on Him, choose Him, and He will provide all that you need to do all that has been asked of you and do it joyfully.