When I first started out in ministry, it was my desire to do something “great”. I wanted to do something to inspire and encourage and strengthen the masses. I wanted to be like those ministry heavy weights that touched and challenged thousands of lives with a single sermon or speech. But what I figured out was that I was going unnoticed. The “big-shots” weren’t tracking me down and asking me to speak at their conferences, to blog on their website, or do interviews on their podcast. I was going unnoticed. Shocking, right?
But you know what I realized? I realized that the greatest things that I will ever do, will probably go unnoticed by the masses and that was ok. Actually, it was better than ok, it’s great! Here are some of the great things that you can do, that won’t be noticed but they will be the greatest things you will ever do:
- Study and obey the Word of God for personal edification, not just sermon preparation
- Pray Regularly – Communion with God is essential to your dependence on Him. If you can go a week without prayer, you may need to examine if you are leaning on Him.
- Love Your Wife and Children Well (Not by your definition, but by theirs) – If you want to know whether or not you are loving your wife and children well, then ask them and be willing to accept the truth you hear.
- Invest into the lives of people – This is when you spend time among the sheep. Meet with people and seek ways that you can invest and care for them. You’ll soon find out that they bless you more than you’re able to bless them.
- Let someone else preach to you – Too often we become the only preacher that we listen to and this can be detrimental to our spiritual walk.
- Read Fiction and Non-Fiction Books – This last one is a challenge for me. Reading expands the imagination and challenges the status quo.
As a pastor, there is a tendency to believe the lie, “If the masses don’t know I exist, am I really doing anything worthwhile?” The answer is, “Yes, you are doing something great because the one that really counts sees you faithfully serving and investing so others might come to know Him better.”
So, do something great and go unnoticed!
What are some of the great things you do that go unnoticed? Let us know, we want to read them!
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.