Sep 04, 2017
Relationship > Results
Bryan Wiles provides a timely reminder to let your hard work flow from a secure relationship with Christ that doesn’t rise or fall with the results of your ministry activity.
As I sit in Starbucks watching the Bowling Green University campus come alive, there is no doubt what time of year it is. At H2O we affectionately call it blitz season! This is the 10-day period when thousands of students come to campus for the first time and thousands more return. There has been much written about the importance of this time of year for churches and ministries that want to reach students. In fact, I would venture to say that for us it is the 10 most important days of ministry that we do every year.
You really can’t overstate the importance of this time, which is why it can lead to a great amount of stress and anxiety. So we have two options:
Grab hold of the season, bear the burden of ministry on our backs, and grit it out.
Release the pressure and the stress to God and just go to work with Him.
My encouragement to myself and our team every year is, “Let’s work hard and remember that ministry is about the relationship not the results.” So here are 3 thoughts from Luke 10, that I reflect on every “blitz” season.
1. We need workers
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. (Luke 10:1-4ESV)
Jesus is clear. There is a great opportunity – a great harvest – so we need to do what? Pray! But specifically pray for workers. We need to pray for ourselves and our churches that we would move from consumers to contributors. That we would not be afraid to get our hands dirty in the harvest field, but that we would engage with the thousands of students who need to be pointed to Jesus.
2. It’s not about us
“The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” (Luke 10:16, ESV)
Jesus says, “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.” So we can take the pressure off and realize that when someone rejects our invitations, gets annoyed with us talking to them, or hurls insults our way they are not ours to receive.
We can also remember when someone gets connected with our ministry, has their life changed by the gospel, or accepts Christ we cannot accept the credit. We have to release control of the results both positive and negative and realize it is not about us!
3. Jesus is the reward
The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:17-20, ESV)
Can you imagine the disciples’ excitement of seeing demons driven out, people healed and pointed towards Jesus?! And when they return and start to celebrate these ministry highlights Jesus loving reminds them what it is all about. “Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
The results are worth celebrating, but they are nothing compared to what has already been done for you! It is about the relationship not the results.
So this blitz season let’s work hard! Let’s “leave it all on the field,” but let’s be driven by THE relationahsip, not by the results. Let’s find our motivation in the deep, deep love that has been displayed for us in the gospel!