WHO'S FIRST, GOD OR ME?
I did not have any grand illusions such
as those displayed by the "tele" evangelists, or big named gospel
stars. I saw the daily grind, dedication and commitment these men and
women of God endure to make a difference in the lives of 50-100 men and women
making up the average church.
I remember years ago when I first learned this lesson. We had been pastoring for 7 years. Being founders of a ministry is not easy. There is a lot of sacrificing going on in the early years. My husband wasn't happy, being young and ambitious as most newly ordained pastors are, he was desiring something more. Something bigger. Something greater.
At this point, I was doing my best to be supportive of his every idea and vision. His vision for ministry took the priority, which I could understand and not me.
One day, we were introduced by a friend to a missionary evangelist who conducted huge crusades in third world nations. We attended several of the meetings and seminars, and our lives were transformed. At that point, my husband re-encountered the Lord Jesus Christ in his life this time not as Savior, but as master. Whooa!
It wasn't my ministry, but His
ministry. Wasn't my life, but His life? During those times, when his
relationship and fellowship with the Lord was increased, so was ours.
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