Summary: We must use our spiritual antennas to show us when we need to be lead “off task” so we can be “on task” and “in the Spirit.”
In Matthew 25:35 we read “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
The daily grind of ministry can blind us to real Kingdom needs. We all want to be known as someone who can “get the job done.” False success tells us to never get “off task.” Human achievement demands dedication and no distractions. However, ministry success is not measured in tasks completed and boxes checked. Ministry is a subtle and human work. Ministry is a nuanced people business. We must allow our spiritual antennas the freedom to lead us “off task” so we can be “On-Task” and “In the Spirit”.
Sometimes we stop to lend a hand. Sometimes it’s a cup of cool water to a little child. Sometimes, however, we embrace a weary volunteer and let them know they are valuable. People are His purpose. People are His plans. Ministry is more than tasks, duties and deadlines.
It would be a shame if we climbed to the top of the ministry ladder, only to realize that we placed the ladder against the wrong wall. You never know how God could use an “off task” distraction to change the world. Keep your spiritual antennas high today.