Summary: Ministry demands an almost superhuman ability to deal with other human beings. By God’s grace, we can bring our ministry wounds to the cross.
2 Timothy 2:24-26 tells us, “The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.”
Ministry brings very opinionated and often demanding people across our paths. Ministry demands an almost superhuman ability to deal with other human beings. God, help us to not be quarrelsome. Lord, help us to be kind to the person in our ministry who wronged us. Allow us the wisdom and forbearance to teach and gently correct others while under personal attack.
Ministry needs a tender-hearted leader who sees people as sheep, harassed and helpless, lacking a shepherd. It takes an extra measure of God’s grace when a former friend does unfriendly things to you in the ministry. We are called to take up our cross. Today, bring your ministry wounds to the cross. Pray this passage today. Allow yourself to be grounded and grow to be like the great Shepherd of us all.