Stepping out and committing to fulfilling the ministry that God called you for can be a lonely place. The Association for Christian Ministries has received several prayer requests from people saying that they are feeling lonely and confused.

The people who supported them before grew quiet since they put their God-given dream into action and started ministering to those who needed a touch of God the most. Colleagues seem to give glory reports of the great things that are happening where they are active. They get wonderful donations and breakthroughs.

After more than 35 years in ministry, I can guarantee you that there will be a lonely patch in your life when you step into that God-given calling. You will experience self-doubt and wonder if you are an imposter. When you try to share this experience with others you will also find that people are keen to give advice. They love to dream up more things you should do, leaving you more overwhelmed than ever.

Stop! Don’t look back because you can never go back to “square one”. There is no such place. You have new experience, knowledge, and insight. Despite what you are feeling right now, you grew in your relationships with people and God on the journey in your God-given calling.

Let’s get back to basics. You know that God is faithful and that He called you to do what you do best. Now is the best time to trust Him for the wisdom and energy to fulfil this calling.

When you are doing what you are supposed to do, there is no time for pity parties. It is essential to be careful of the company you keep. You can’t afford doom-sayers and negative people in your life.

Here are a few things I do daily:

  • I focus on my relationship with God. The ministry is never more important than being in the right standing with Him.
  • I am faithful in prayer and reading His Word.
  • I am careful of jumping into every opportunity just because they all seem like a “once-in-a-lifetime” chance. “It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows” Proverbs 20:25 (NIV). There are plenty more opportunities where they come from, and it is more important to do the right things at the right time.
  • I do my utmost best to stick to commitments, especially to my spouse and children. Paul wrote to Timothy saying: “But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” 1 Timothy 5:8 (KJV).
  • I pay close attention to the calling God places on my life and ask Him to bless my colleagues in what they are doing. I don’t waste time comparing blessings lists because I stay busy with what I need to do. Job 42:10 says that after Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.

Being faithful in your walk with God and ministering to His people is a continuous commitment. We pray that you will enjoy the fruit of the ministry God blessed you with.

The Lord is my Helper; I will not fear

(Hebrews 13:5).

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