In a few months I will celebrate 40 years of ministry. I accepted the call of God in my life in 1975 after serving as a deacon in the church. It’s amazing that this has been a generation ago; moreover, how the world has changed.
Starting as a street preacher, working in tent meetings and conducting revivals seems so foreign now. In such a short time span we have witnessed our culture move from a Biblical worldview to a totally secular paradigm. The most difficult aspect of this has been the departure of the saints from their foundation. This spirit has been very deliberate and if you have only been serving the Lord in the past twenty years you may not comprehend how it occurred.
We live in a very difficult time to serve in ministry let alone be a witness for Christ. In all my years of ministry never have I witnessed such a spirit of weariness in the body of Christ. The scripture says that in the last days the enemy would wear the saints out.
As an Overseer and now a Bishop I occasionally interact with many Pastors and Christian leaders. On a regular basis I witnessed pastors and Christian leaders walking away from their calling, ministries and even their church. Their reasons for these actions are not found in the Word of God but are in many instances where they were seeking the approval of man or did not experience the results they expected. In essence, this is offense, given this is defined by disappointment in an expectation from an individual or circumstance.
Don’t let discouragement over an apparent lack of results keep you from fulfilling the call of God in your life. Don’t give up!
I Cor. 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Do the good that you have opportunity to do, knowing your work will have eternal results! Remember the Word God, “Endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” This is your true “Call of Duty.”
This is the Voice of the Overseer!