One. You never walk alone.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:20
Two. With the many challenges of ministry God always provides answers from His Word. Thank the Lord for His Word that is a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path!
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
Three. Going to church to fellowship with God’s people will lift your spirit. The family of God is a special group of people who can help you (whether they realize it or not) to see God’s blessings and provide the way in which you can get your mind off negative things and take a mind break from the weariness of the day.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
Four. God gives you discernment in matters pertaining to the heart so that you can address the needs of the people you minister to.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:14
Five. Faith becomes a regular aspect of your life whether it centers around money that needs to be paid to keep your church afloat and waiting on God’s timing concerning matters. In this walk of ministry life God regularly calls us to step out by faith.
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. I Corinthians 2:5
Six. The power of prayer is more evident the longer you are in ministry. The more you go before the Lord in petition for people or circumstances that need an answer the more you will learn that God hears and answers those prayers in His own wonderful timing. You learn to value the power of prayer when God frequently answers prayers on you and your church’s behalf.
But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. Acts 6:4
Seven. We become witnesses of the impossible situations that seem to have no good ending or answer. We can realize that God can do anything with anyone in any circumstance to do His will.
And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Luke 18:27
Eight. You learn that as you serve the Lord you can never fill in the gaps and be everything to everyone. Thank the Lord for His promise that as we water with His Word, He gives the increase!
So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. I Corinthians 3:7
Nine. God’s yoke is light. Every time you feel overwhelmed with the burden of ministry God will gently speak to your heart and remind you to give your burdens to Him.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:29, 30
Ten. When we are weakest, God is strong. Whether you battle illness or spiritual discouragement, God steps in yet again to prove Himself mighty and faithful by being everything we cannot. He teaches us that our efforts can only go so far because, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.“ John 15:5
Eleven. That He is the Chief Shepherd. Ministry couples sometimes feel like they are responsible for making people choose to follow God because of the common title given to the pastor of “shepherd of the flock.” When shepherding takes its toll God will teach you He is the Chief Shepherd and the work is up to Him.
Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant; Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20,21
Twelve. Long-term faithfulness can yield special rewards. When you sow the seed sometimes you do not see immediate fruit, but in time you learn that if you keep your hand to the plow of God’s work that there will be special people that God has allowed you to influence. It is those people and their godly choices that will bless your heart!
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Matthew 13:23
Thirteen. Ministry challenges you to continue to be a student of God’s Word. When you teach or deal with people’s problems and questions then it should make you turn to the Word of God for the answers. When we study God’s Word it sharpens us and gives us wisdom to be able to help people.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
Fourteen. When you serve the Lord with righteous motives you are serving an eternal purpose. Ministry life can be one of the greatest ways to spend your life purposefully making a difference because not only are you helping today you are helping eternity have its greatest rewards.
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:24
Fifteen. Ministry is a humbling service. This seems like a negative, but it is a positive. Humility teaches us to lower ourselves just as Christ did when He lowered Himself to become a man. When you look at your debt to Christ it should motivate you to humbly serve Him without pride being a root sin in our lives. Humility teaches us equality among our brethren.
He must increase, but I must decrease.John 3:30
Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.I Peter 5:5b