Updated: Aug 11, 2019
Dear saints, I trust that the Lord had been blessing and protecting you. We are zealous for the Lord when fulfilling His will for our lives (1 Kings 19:10). But, sometimes in our eagerness to do God’s will we may be more like Martha than Mary (Luke 10:41). We spin (Luke 12:27) our wheels to glorify God with our work and are frustrated that things aren’t moving fast enough or that we are not as successful as we should have been (Jeremiah 20:7). We need to rest in the Lord (Matthew 11:28) and understand that it is God who grows our ministries and the church (1 Corinthians 3:6). When we trust God, He compounds our ministries and blesses us as well. The growth of our ministries and the Church will compound exponentially and church will grow rapidly when empowered by the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:7) and a lot faster than when we rely on our human endeavors.
I want us to look at one verse in the New Testament which is Acts 2:47. Scripture says that “God added daily to their number…” What’s remarkable about this verse is that the Apostles and other believers in the Church in Jerusalem were only focused on worshiping God and fellowshipping with each other. They weren’t even concerned about growing the church or their ministry. They were focused on preaching the word and nurturing new believers (Acts 6:2).
The Lord Himself is a perfect example of singular focus on doing God’s will and not being distracted by the peripherals of His ministry. In Luke 4:18 the Lord makes it clear that He was sent by our Heavenly Father to preach the good news. Luke 4:43 also explains why Jesus didn’t tarry at places where people tried to keep Him to themselves. John 6:15 narrates how Jesus withdrew into solitude because He realized that people were trying to make Him King by force. The Lord knew that His mission on earth was to be a sacrificial lamb for atonement of our sins (John 1:29, Luke 12:50) and not to build any earthly kingdom (John 18:36). He never courted the multitudes who were blessed by Him as He wasn’t obsessed with numbers or success (John 6:26).
What’s frustrating us today saints? Are we worried about the size of our ministries? Do we spend a lot of time and money on advertising, campaigning, networking and so on to grow our churches and ministry? Then let’s get back to the basics and start discharging our duties unto the Lord and He’ll grow and bless our ministries in ways that we can't even imagine.