I had intended to finish this post earlier this week, but things have been somewhat crazy this week. So, anyway here is the “rest of the story.”
Have you ever wanted something so bad that you tried to make it work any way you could? Have you ever had something that wasn’t working, so you kept trying over and over to make it happen in another way?
I can remember trying to work on some household projects and not having the right tool or the right nut or bolt or the right board or piece of pipe or something. I would try and make it work, but inevitably it wouldn’t be right. No matter how much I wanted it to work, it just wouldn’t. Later the project didn’t come together like it should, because I had tried to make the wrong thing work in the wrong place. Kinda like a square peg in a round hole.
I know that this happens in many people’s careers. However, too many times we’ve seen people do this in ministry…even church planting. Some people want SO bad to be in ministry or in a particular ministry that they try to hammer that square peg into a round hole and it usually doesn’t work and also can cause damage to both parties.
I saw it when I was in seminary. I’ve seen it in youth ministry. I’ve seen it in church planting. I’ve seen it in other ministry areas. People want so badly to be in ministry for one reason or another they hammer the peg into the hole. Church planting, I’ve noticed is particularly susceptible to this. People get caught up in the “sexy”, “adventurous” idea of being a part of a church plant that they will try anything to make it happen. The problem is, maybe they may not be really called to do it.
Obstacles come up which may be God’s way of stopping you. Red flags are waving, but we confuse them with challenges. We also give Satan credit for trying to keep us from “God’s plans”, so we keep trying to make something work that isn’t supposed to. Now, all of these things may be true and they may be reasons to persevere, but too many times, I think people aren’t really called to do ministry…or church planting…and they just keep trying to hammer that peg into that hole. Frustration sets in and our relationships suffer, the ministry gets damaged and our faith is strained.
If you want to step out in faith, make sure that you are sure that God is calling. If you want to go into ministry, make sure that you are sure that you are supposed to. Vocational ministry is not for every believer. Church planting is not for every minister. Don’t get caught up in the emotion of the situation and jump into something that you aren’t certain that God is telling YOU to do.
However, if He IS calling you…pray hard…and do it.