What do you do when ministry hits a roadblock? Does God ever cause division among His workers? If so, how do you know which side is right and which is wrong?
On matters of doctrine, the Truth of Scripture, Jesus the Savior, the side of right and wrong should be pretty obvious. In fact, divisions over these non-negotiables might be God’s way of weeding Satan out of our midst. But what about matters of opinion, preferences, administration styles, and the like? Can a division in ministry based on those be of God?
I would say absolutely not! I would say those kinds of divisions are Satan’s effective tools to weaken ministry. We need to know the difference and stand with God to protect the ministry, the furthering of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please pray for me. I am part of a national ministry that has hit a roadblock because some people don’t like the leadership. Both sides, that of the established leadership and that of those who have rebelled, have valid complaints. And sadly, both sides are guilty of putting their opinions and, dare I say, pride and need for power ahead of the ministry. Neither side is willing to back down, and it has caused a division that is far-reaching, and threatens to effect ministry on the local level where I am involved.
Satan’s gotta be loving this. My heart is broken.
And I want to walk away.
But as I was reading Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians this morning, He seemed to put a “Dear Connie,” in front of 9:12-13.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
I will be honest to tell you that I considered resigning in the midst of this. I resent being forced to take sides when both sides are obviously doing things that cannot please God. Yet God is reminding me that my service is to Him, that this ministry is still reaching lost souls for Jesus, that what is happening in leadership has not changed the message, and I have the privilege of carrying on regardless of what is happening on the local, state and national levels.
I want obedience to accompany my confession of the Gospel. I am determined that my work in this particular ministry will overflow with thanks to God. But I need your prayers, as does the entire CEF family. I believe God can change this roadblock into a bump in the road. That’s my prayer. Will you join me?
Thx u 4 your heartfelt share & question on what do u do when ministry hits a road block? I need clarity here. Personally, I immediately thought about the the Apostle Paul who in 2 Timothy Ch 2 was locked up 4 the Gospel sake, yet he said God’s word is not chained or bound. With that being said please clarify this “road block” of getting the Gospel dispensed? Shalom.
Thank you for pointing us to Paul’s example. His imprisonment could certainly be identified as a roadblock. In fact, his captors put him there to stop him from dispensing the Gospel. Some people might have sat in prison and sulked or complained. Not so Paul! In fact, some of the letters he wrote from prison, including the ones to Timothy, still speak to hearts today. God’s word was not chained or bound because Paul kept proclaiming it! The fact is, the Gospel cannot change lives unless it is shared. How will they know unless someone tells them? My prayer is that none of us will allow circumstances to stop us from sharing the Gospel of Jesus with souls who are lost without him. So glad you replied to my post. May God bless you and make you a blessing today as you share the Gospel of Jesus.
Amen. My brother & bless u 4 your reply and clarity, I agree with you when you said: The fact is, the Gospel cannot change lives unless it is shared. How will they know unless someone tells them? This is exactly my final words I leave on my ministry website bio. And I could not agree with u more. As I continue to share amid roadblocks may you be encouraged to do the same. God be with you. https://www.theministryoflljohnson.org/bio.php
Yes! Let’s continue to share the Gospel amid the roadblocks! Nothing is too hard for God. Praying for you and your ministry.
Amen & thank you. My prayer is that our Lord’s great grace continue to abound in your life and mission endeavors.
Connie your teaching is powerful! Please keep up the good work. I am preaying for you and Good News Clubs. God bless you. You are making a difference in these young people’s lives.
Thank you, Janette. I appreciate you and your prayers! Wanting God to be glorified in it all.