I almost quit my ministry this week. There are LOTS of ins and outs and “good” and bad reasons and excuses and weaknesses and insecurities… but a wise wise mentor said to me, “PRAY about it. God doesn’t usually tell us to quit through strife. Unless He already told me to quit and I ignored Him and disobeyed!!”
You know, I am an insecure leader. Not a worshiper, but a leader. And that is a good thing!! God NEEDS to be my security in leading. the team and the congregation. And when He is NOT, my eyes are in the wrong place. (as in on me or what others think!)
Whether we lead worship, or a Bible Study, or in ANYTHING that we are called to do or are gifted / not gifted in… the place to be is on our knees, aware of our weaknesses, aware of our dispensability and the HONOR to be His servant and the possible “temporariness” of this ministry and time.
To be in God’s holy presence is to realize GOD, and to see our hearts for what they are. And as heartbreaking as that can be, God can then put us back together as a stronger, purer worshipper. To be STRIPPED of ME in His presence can be incredibly uncomfortable and lonely and wretched… but to be then pieced back together and “oiled” with His love afterwards, is exquisite.
From Isaiah 6 “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
Psalm 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and and contrite heart, Oh God, You will not despise.”
Francois Fenelon, a French Christian from the 18th century, wrote, “All our falls are useful if they strip us of a disastrous confidence in ourselves, while they do not take away a humble and saving trust in God.”
This post was brought on by last Sunday and “The Unquenchable Worshipper” by Matt Redman