Are we opening ourselves up to failure or defeat? I have been reviewing some of my old journals, and it pains me to say I have allowed myself to be defeated at times. Satan may be fighting us in life. However, the greatest power we have to overcome is ourselves. It is easy to get off track. We have dreams, vision, ideas, and plans. We work to see these through, and when several of these hopes seemed dashed by our futile attempts we get discouraged.
In speaking with other pastors I find that depression over our ministries seems always near the door. We can admit that Satan is fighting us, and this is a tool. Yet, we also must come to the point of realizing God is bigger than the issues at hand. We also must realize that we alone can do very little. We must have the anointing of God in us. We also must be bringing others along into the work and witness for the Lord.
I will admit, especially in the smaller church, it is easier to say 'I'll just do it myself.' We are to be a community, and we must bring the people within our community with us in the journey. I am in the process of trying to relearn this in my own life. It is not easy to trust that things will not be dropped, but I am constantly reminding myself that just because some may fail to follow through, others will shine.
Christ called people to follow Him, and we know the 12 and some others followed closely right to His return to heaven. It was those few committed people who transformed the world by carrying the message into the world. May we learn from Christ to keep calling others along the journey of ministry, and transform the communities we live in.
Remember God's Spirit empowers us, but we have to be open and listening to the Spirit's moving in our lives.