When last did you pause to celebrate your ministry? Whether you have been in ministry for a few years now, or if you have just started in the last couple of months… stop for a moment.
A PILE OF STONES
In the Old Testament, when God’s people experienced something amazing or had an encounter with God, they would put up a pillar of rocks, known as a cairn. In Joshua 4, Joshua asks twelve men, one from each tribe of Israel, to fetch stones and put them in a pile. He says that the stones are there to be a memorial to the Israelites forever:
“Cross over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of Israel, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ you are to tell them, ‘The waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD” (Joshua 4: 4 – 7).
The purpose was to celebrate God. To remember what God had done for them.
TIME TO PARTY
When last did you thank God for what He has done through you in your season of ministry? God, rich in mercy, uses you to reach people in your community. Now, that’s an honour. Now that’s worth celebrating!
Again in 1 Samuel 7:12, “Afterward, Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”
Do you need to set up some stones in your ministry?
When last have you gathered your youth leaders?
Or maybe gather with your loved ones and friends, and have a party to celebrate what you have done in your ministry in the last few months.
WHAT IS THERE TO CELEBRATE?
I am sure you have your own list of what can be celebrated, but here are some suggestions:
Celebrate, those who have come to faith because of your weekly Friday Youth nights or weekly youth bible study groups!
Celebrate, those who have been set free from something they struggled with!
Celebrate, those who have grown in their understanding of God!
Celebrate, those who have been healed! Remember, healing comes in many forms.
Celebrate, that just by your support and presence, young people have felt loved, seen and understood.
ONCE ON THE BEACH
A few years ago, I remember taking a walk along the beach and having this quiet sense within that God was thanking me for my ministry. “Thank you for serving me over these last 6 years.”
I will always treasure that memory and moment.
God doesn’t need you. But God chooses to have you help in His mission to the world. What a privilege. And, maybe, you need to just hear Him say to you:
“Thank you, good and faithful servant!”
GOD SEES YOU
God sees the hours you have put in. God sees those moments of loneliness in your ministry. God sees your effort. God sees your frustrations.
I want you to know.
God appreciates you. God thanks you. God is glad you are serving Him.
So, why not plan a party?
Why not ‘put up some stones’?