God isn’t in the fast-food business

Are you served or serving?
This is the second devotional in our series on ministry. The first in this series was entitled, “What is your ministry worth to you?” This devotional can be viewed via the Monday Meal link on our website.

A while back before our official website was launched, we were referring people to our blog which can now be found via the journal link of our website. I had one worship pastor get quite angry with me, as he felt we were not making things “easy enough” or “fast enough” for our blog visitors. In order to listen to any of our music, one needed to go to the “friends” heading and click on any of the sites listed under that heading. This worship pastor told me that he was “a very busy man” and asked me if I wanted him to listen to music or read a blog.
Keep in mind that at the time our ministry was on a very tight budget, and we couldn’t even afford the web hosting plan we needed. We were utilizing the resources God had so graciously blessed us with.
After I discussed the situation with Andy we determined two things:
1. We needed to switch to a new web hosting plan and get our website launched.
2. God isn’t in the fast food business.

I find it very troubling how our world has become so fast-paced. We prefer e-mail and instant messaging rather than snail mail, and we want many things in an instant. Many of us (myself included) have a hard time with patience.
If we want to minister as Jesus did, we need to serve as Jesus did.
Mark 9:35 says: “Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
Part of serving in any ministry includes the need for us to exemplify patience and humility. We must put the needs of others before our own desires.
Philippians 2:3-4 says: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Our ministry has expanded, we’ve since launched an easy-to-navigate website, and we’ve been reminded yet again that God isn’t in the fast-food business; and it is better to serve than be served!
We must remember that we may be the only tangible form of Jesus that some will see.

Is there any way we could pray for you? Do you (like me) have a hard time with serving with patience and humility? Do you just need encouragement in your walk with the Lord or the ministry He has divinely called you to? Whatever your prayer requests, we would be honoured to pray for you!


January 29, 2008. The Monday Meal.

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