Instant gratification. We all want it. I actually just had microwave popcorn. Our culture is feeding our desire for it. We’ve let our microwaved culture seep into the church. I know I’ve let it in my life. I carry my iPhone everywhere. I get my email in my pocket at all times. I’ve let it infiltrate my ministry. I mean, I say all the right things. As a church planter, I say “Being a part of starting a new church takes time.” Yet, in my mind I get frustrated when people don’t show up, when we can’t seem to get our heads above water in some areas that need the bar raised. I get frustrated by my own inabaility to lead through some of these struggles effectively everytime.
We get this idea that ministry is “Chia-church.” You go get the prepared pot with the seed spread and then add water and PRESTO! successful ministry. It takes faith. It takes great amounts of prayer. I know I have been guilty of doing ministry in seasons on my own. Its no wonder its a struggle. I am constantly reminded that I don’t do anything on my own power.
How have you struggled with ministry under your own strength?