Dear Pastor. So now you are losing your concentration because you are comparing your work with the other pastor on the next street or the one you saw on TV or FB, how big they have become suddenly and you have been there for quite a few years?
Have you found out what assignment the Father really has for you ? Do you really know the measure of operation the Father destined you for?
John 1:22-23 “22Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 23He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.”
Can you imagine that? Here was a man born into the priesthood family of Zacharias. By birth he was a priest, but where did he find himself? in the wilderness because of the call upon his life. He simply told them he came to fulfill a scripture as prophesied by Isaiah.
The word says, Luke 1: 80; “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.”
Wilderness? Common; Instead of the Temple to eat the best parts of the sacrifices, he was in the wilderness eating locust and honey, etc.
Do you think John missed it? Humanly speaking he made a mistake for leaving the temple priesthood to be in the wilderness. But you see, there was a mandate on his life and that is what drove him to the wilderness.
Think about this. For (Luke 1:17) “He shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
Now Elijah was not a city Prophet. Can you see that?
So don’t expect John to be envious of the likes of Isaiah, Jeremiah; etc.
This is where we miss it as pastors. We measure our work and success by the ministry of others. But get it from me. Your call is unique to God and you and He will only reward you by your obedience to what He has called you to do and to fulfill.
Listen to this;
1Corinthians 12; “7But to each one is given the manifestation of the [Holy] Spirit [the evidence, the spiritual illumination of the Spirit] for good and profit. 8To one is given in and through the [Holy] Spirit [the power to speak] a message of wisdom, and to another [the power to express] a word of knowledge and understanding according to the same [Holy] Spirit… 27Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body and [individually] you are members of it, each part severally and distinct [each with his own place and function]. 28So God has appointed some in the church [for His own use]: first apostles (special messengers); second prophets (inspired preachers and expounders); third teachers; then wonder-workers; then those with ability to heal the sick; helpers; administrators; [speakers in] different (unknown) tongues. 29Are all apostles (special messengers)? Are all prophets (inspired interpreters of the will and purposes of God)? Are all teachers? Do all have the power of performing miracles? 30Do all possess extraordinary powers of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?” (AMP)
Did you see anything there?
You can’t be like anybody else. Just find and know your place and be content with what the Father has graced you for.
What if the Father hasn’t called you to run a mega church, will you then resign from the ministry? What if you are not even graced to run Church Branches, must you force yourself to establish branches because others are successful doing that? I bet you, you will be frustrated at the end.
Knowing this will save you from stress, incurring unnecessary debts, doing ministry with frustration and tensions.
So dear Pastor, why the worry?