JOB OR MINISTRY?

 

Some people have a job in the church. Others get involved in a ministry. Are you interested in knowing the difference? This insight comes from a church in Texas.

If you're doing it because no one else will, it's a job. If you're doing it to serve the Lord, it's a ministry.

If you're doing it just well enough to get by, it's a job.

If you're doing it to the best of your ability, it's a ministry.

If you'll do it only so long as it doesn't interfere with other activities, it's a job.

If you're committed to staying with it even .when it means letting go of other things, it's a ministry.

If you quit because no one praised you or thanked you, it was a job.

If you stay with it even though no one seems to notice, it's a ministry.

If you do it because someone else said it needs to be done, it's a job.

If you do it because you are convinced it needs to be done, it's a ministry.

It's hard to get excited about a job. It's almost impossible not to be excited about a ministry.

If your concern is "success", it's a job. If your concern is faithfulness, it's a ministry.

People may say, "Well done" when you do your job. The Lord will say "Well done" when you complete your ministry.

An average church is filled with people doing jobs. A great church is filled with people who are involved in ministry.

If God calls you to a ministry, don't treat it like a job. If you have a job in the church, give it up and find a ministry. God doesn't want us feeling stuck with a job, but excited and faithful to Him in a ministry.

 

Adapted for Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church Newsletter.