Have you ever trembled in your pumps, shaken in your sandals, or quaked in your clogs? Have you ever been down on your knees and clearly heard the Lord ask you to do something, but as you got up on your feet your knees buckled at the thought of the task? Have you ever planned and prepared and even prayed about a ministry, but when the moment came to follow through you feared falling on your face?
Ministry – of all sorts – can be plain out scary.
You want me to talk to my neighbor about Jesus?
You want me to offer to be in charge of the meal for the funeral?
You want me to keep her kids every Thursday so she can have some time for You?
You want me to teach three-year-olds, are You kidding?
You want me to give my testimony?
You want me to visit her in the hospital and even offer to pray for her, right there, right then?
You want me to teach a Bible study? To adults, no less?
You want me to introduce myself to her and ask if she goes to church anywhere? Lord, does she look like she goes to church anywhere?
You want me to visit senior adults in the assisted living center?
Are You kidding?
Yes, ministry can be a little frightening. It requires that we get real, put it all on the line, trust God. It also might mean talking about the Bible, our beliefs, our relationship with God, the plan of salvation. Ow! That can be hard.
But if God is calling you to serve Him in any way today – and my bet is that He is – then you can count on Him also equipping you, going with you, and even giving you the courage to face the task.
Joshua 1:6-7 says:
Take courage my friend. You’re walking in some good shoes today!