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PERKS OF BEING IN THE MINISTRY.

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Nine years old when I started to go to church and immerse myself with other kids singing, dancing for the Lord. It was my Lola Dianing who ushers me during practice. Before, I just thought of it as kids performing for the audience’s pleasure at church. That time I wasn’t conscious enough about the love of God. Years after, I didn’t stop the ROUTINES of going to church and participating. 

Fast forward, there was a gloomy night; I was looking at the window attempting to count the stars. A gust of hot air blew towards me. Goosebumps. A small voice spoke to me in a language I can’t comprehend. All I know is that my heart understands. It was the time when I surrendered my life to Jesus.  

Lolo James woke me up early in the morning to tell me that He couldn’t preach for Pastor’s Sunday. He told me these words, ” Apo, pwede ba ikaw na muna ang magsermon sa linggo?”. I paused for a while and responded to him, “Hindi po ba lo parang reporting lang yan sa school?”. He just smiled. I was just a thirteen-year-old girl who just went to puberty stage yet started to preach.

From then on, I know that the Lord has something in store for me: A calling, a great purpose. Slowly I came to realize how He turns the events in my life. I began to appreciate His love and mercy. Fourteen, I finally got baptized. Pastor Manalo would tell me that in this chapter, I must expect lots of trials. But take heart for Jesus has overcome the world. I couldn’t comprehend this very well before.

Someone invited me to be a resource speaker for Sunday Worship. My roles are worship leader, I teach kids, sometimes pianist, and program maker. My fire was burning so bright in the service for the Lord. I assumed that by serving Him, everything would be at ease. And it came, the moment of various trials in the ministry.

Pride consumed me. The letter of Paul reminded me in Romans 12:3, For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, by the faith God has distributed to each of you. I treated myself as superior to everyone in the ministry. I was full of myself that I forgot it was Him all along who appointed me for this purpose and that others have their own. 

Christians are never exempted from persecution. There were times, I reach out to people. Their responses were different from what I usually expect. Worst, they mock you by being this and that. But Jesus comforted me in Matthew 5:10, Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. I must not grow weary of doing what is right because He has promised His kingdom.

Furthermore, I started to feel inadequate as the ministry God has given to me expands. There is this quote that says, Great things never came out of comfort zones. I felt that having bigger horizons would consume me. I then clearly understand that if God gives me something huge than I have ever imagined, He’s elevating me. He promoted me from Local Church Youth leader to the Provincial level.

In Ephesians 3:20, it says, Now to Him who can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that’s at work within us. These words assured me that God can EXTRA do the ordinary. 

I guess every believer has an experience of being distant from God at some point in their life. J.C Ryle, an Anglican Bishop, states that prayer life and sinning will never live together in the same heart. Prayer will consume sin. Or sin will choke prayer. I refused to pray every night. I did unpleasant things to God by disobeying my parents, equally yoking with unbelievers, and having ungodly relationships. These drained my relationship with Him still that did not stop Him from being my Savior. Emptiness steals my joy in serving. In the middle of the void, that small voice came speaking to me again. In the back of my head, it’s as if I’m reading my life verse, Psalm 23:4 reads, Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. I forgot that the Lord as my Sheperd was correcting and protecting me from being messed up. Before the sheep fall under the pit, He grabs it with His staff. Whenever it went astray and being stubborn, the Lord disciplines through His rod. He was there all along.

Ministries work very well if there is willingness and support. Countless times, I feel like I need certain things for the ministry to become more effective. Even if I want to, I do not have enough money either the church. Nevertheless, the Lord provides. Philippians 4: 19 declares, And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Indeed, throughout the years in the ministry, the Lord did not fret in providing.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths”. –Proverbs 3:5-6 

Planning is essential in the ministry. I really wanted everything to be put in the right place. How about not getting the results you expect? Well, it was very frustrating. Oft, I blame myself for the failure of a plan. HE REMINDED ME THAT I NEED TO STEP BACK, LET HIM MOVE, AND BE GOD. ALL I HAVE TO DO IS TO TRUST HIM.

Nowadays, the world labels a woman who serves the Lord as boring. I struggled between living the way God wants me and the standards of the world. I fell under the lie that I must do this to be liked by everyone. Little did I know it will bring me to destruction. The Bible verse Romans 12:2 says, Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. This served as an eye-opener for me. I live for Christ and not for people. The approval of God is always better than the world.

Today marks my twelve years of being in the ministry. I thank God for the things He has and to be done in my life. As long as I live, I will dwell and continue to serve in the House of the Lord. 

HE NEVER FAILED ME.

Philippians 1:6; “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” 

Hebrews 12: 1-2; Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 It is my profession of faith that the God who knit me in my mother’s womb is the same God who will turn my body into dust. THE FINISHER OF MY STORY.

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