By Bro. Jason Owen
As ministers, we often struggle to decide how best to manage the congregation’s God has blessed us to oversee. This year many pastors have decided to surrender the calling because their efforts seem to be no longer effective. This is not surprising, often when we feel we are insignificant it is quite easy to seek a new path. Some pastors may have asked God this year, “Why Lord am I even trying anymore? My efforts seem to be meaningless.” Then again, many who are not pastors have likely asked God the same question. We often seek to be significant in the world, but should we?
In the book of Micah, we learn of a little town that seemed insignificant and could easily have been lost to history. “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2 KJV). The insignificant town of Bethlehem would be the town where the Son of God would enter the world in human form. What an amazing connection to the greatest story in history.
It is human nature to want to succeed at what we do. Pastors often strive to be effective at their ministries just like athletes strive to win gold medals and business leaders strive to succeed in business. That doesn’t always happen though. Many pastors are looking out and finding they are not the big church pastor they once were; however, that could be a good thing. The Bible tells us we must decrease so God can increase. Sometimes our part in the story may not be the hero but rather the town the hero may come from. You see we never know when a little thing we do or say can impact someone in the future, no matter how insignificant we may believe our actions were.
In the song, “Oh little town of Bethlehem” the lyrics tell of the small sleeping town where the Christ was born. The song offers one of the greatest prayers we can raise to the Father, “Praises sing to God the King and peace to men on earth.” Praising God in the good times is easy, praising Him when it seems our efforts are having little impact is difficult. Even though it may be tough right now, it is important that we stay encouraged because we serve a God of resurrection. Even though so many of our churches may be smaller than they were a year ago, we can have peac
e in the knowledge that our God has a track record of using humble beginnings to change the world.
Suggested Prayer: “Father in heaven, praise you for sending your Son to be a sacrifice to an undeserving world. You Father are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, praise you and
may your peace be poured out to all the earth. Amen”