But the great Christians of the past followed a different way. Think of Amanda Berry Smith, a former slave who was given amazing opportunities to travel the world and preach—but only because she depended on God for everything she had. Or think of Elisabeth Elliot, who led a whole people group to Christ—even after they killed her husband.
So many of us are looking for our platform, but do we love God enough to trust his plan for our ministries? Do we believe our calling could simply be to make disciples where we are, with the people God has placed around us? Do we trust that work is just as worthy as the work of the world-famous preacher?
It’s easy to fall into the temptation of fame, and Satan would like nothing more. But pastor or not, to follow Christ is to be a disciple, and discipleship requires that we are committed wholly to God and his ways. We can’t have one foot in the world and the other in God's kingdom.
We were made for so much more than man-made fame. We are meant to be consumed by God’s love, filled with the Spirit of power, and compelled to serve the least around us. God calls us to die to ourselves and live for him. And when God has our full attention, the possibilities are endless—the Bible is clear on that. Are you willing to give God your full attention?
Time for a Heart Check
Use the questions below to invite God to examine your heart:
- What are my true motivations for ministry?
- Do I spend more time seeking God or building my influence?
- Do I see some work as more worthy than other work? Why or why not?
- As a leader, do I expect to be treated differently than the people in my ministry?
- Do I hope (even secretly) to have a measure of fame someday?
- What actions in my life show a contradiction with God’s Word? How can I work on those areas?
- When does my focus on the future cause me to miss out on my present ministry?
Saleama A. Ruvalcaba is a wife and mother of five. She is a home educator and a Bible student soon graduating from Evangel University with a degree in Church Ministries.