When Niki and I were considering starting a church, the Lord revealed to us that He was going to be doing a great work, that we were invited to be a part of it, but regardless of our decision, He was going to accomplish His purpose. We decided we wanted to be a part of it. And even though it’s sometimes extremely discouraging, I’m glad we made that choice.
A friend recently shared a true story that reminded me of the truth behind the word the Lord gave us, and that encouraged me to persevere through the hard times of ministry:
Believing that the Lord called him to start a church in North Carolina, a man packed up his family and moved across the United States to answer the call. About 20 years later, the church had grown substantially, was thriving, and had built and moved into a building of its own.
A man of obvious spiritual distinction started coming to the church. Every Sunday, he would sit in the service and weep, but nobody knew why. After about 6 months of this, he told a church elder that around 20 years ago, he too believed the Lord had called him to start a church in this particular town. With great enthusiasm, he had moved, started holding services, and even had an architect draft plans for a building based on a vision the Lord had given the man. However, the man encountered several obstacles early on, and shortly after the church began, he closed its doors.
Crying, he asked the church elder, “Would like to see the architectural plans I had drafted?” As he unrolled the plans, it was clear that the building the Lord had showed the man 20 years ago was the very building that the church had eventually built.
This story is a good reminder that we are part of something far greater than ourselves, that all we are called to do is be faithful (not successful, or anything else), and to keep on keeping on, even when it seems impossible.