“I’m just doing so much!” “I’m constantly busy.” “I’m so overwhelmed.”
Have you heard things like this lately from others... or from yourself? Whenever I hear these words, little *bing bing comparison* lights go off in my mind, and I wonder if I’m doing enough. I tend to value the quantity of what I’ve accomplished over the quality of the accomplishments themselves. A few weeks ago, the sermon at church was very convicting, and I felt that it would be valuable to spend some time thinking about it at home. But when I got home from church, I felt so overwhelmed by my to-do list that I worked on homework and checking things off instead of allowing myself to dwell in God’s presence and welcome His work on my heart. I chose what felt productive instead of what would bring me closer to God.
In the days of the early church, Philip (a follower of the Lord) was in the midst of a thriving ministry in Samaria, reaching a ton of people for Christ. How incredible! Then, the Spirit called Philip from Samaria to somewhere else. Reading this passage in Acts 8, we might think that the Spirit is going to move Philip to even bigger places with even more people. But where does God send Philip? To a desert... to talk with one eunuch. Imagine how Philip must have felt. He had just been in the middle of a productive ministry for God, and God called him away. Sometimes God calls His people away from what seems productive. Sometimes we’ll be in the middle of a thriving ministry, but God will call us to move. This requires a trust in our God that is bigger than our reliance on our understanding (see Proverbs 3:5-8).
It takes faith and guts to let go of our ideals of a productive ministry and embrace full obedience to God. Imagine how it would feel to let go of our expectations and cling tightly to God’s commands. Whether God calls us to leave our ministry for another one or to simply walk the next step in faith, let’s seek to prioritize the commands of our God over the expectations of ourselves.
This week, how will we respond when God interrupts our productive routines?
What’s one area of ministry that you love? What’s an area or opportunity that you feel God might be calling you to obey His call and step into?