A preacher recently quit the ministry after more than 20 years of faithful, service and became a funeral director. When asked why he changed vocations, he said:
“I spent 10 years trying to straighten out John and he’s still an alcoholic. Then I spent three and a half years trying to straighten out Harold and Susan’s marriage problems but still, they ended up getting annulment. Later I tried for two years to help Bob kick his drug habit and he is still an addict. Now, at the funeral home, whoever I straighten out, they stay straight!”
Disappointment in the ministry inevitably comes. Often times our expectations do not happen according to what we hoped for. But let me encourage you today that your services in the Lord will not be in vain. Just continue doing your part and in God’s perfect time your labor will be rewarded, which will bring us so much joy.
As Paul said, in 1 Corinthians 15:58,
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”
Stay strong in the Lord,