By Pastor Bimbo Animashaun
Dear Minister, it’s important to realize early that MINISTRY IS NOT FORCED ON PEOPLE. You cannot coerce anyone to accept your ministry.
As a matter of fact, you cannot IMPACT those who don’t APPRECIATE the grace of God upon your life because GRACE FLOWS ON THE CHANNEL OF ESTIMATION.
Ministry is not meant to be coercive, manipulative or intimidating; people must of their own volition PERCEIVE correctly and subsequently RECEIVE correctly.
If it is by use of force and manipulation, then it is no longer MINISTRY; it has become MISERY.
As you go about pursuing the call of God upon your life, there’s this set of people you will sometimes meet on the road – THOSE WHO HAVE NO SENSE OF VALUE for what you carry.
These are folks who don’t appreciate your labour of love and the discipline you have inculcated over time to dispense the grace of God upon your life.
Listen very carefully dear friend; their cold attitude does not invalidate the call of God and the grace of God upon your life.
It’s just that their heart is wrong and they don’t care whatever you claim to carry; they don’t “send” you.
Now don’t try to force ministry on those folks – it will not work!
And don’t ever engage in endless arguments with them – it will sap every modicum of strength in you.
Remember that you still have a long way to go. Where someone despises the grace of God upon your life and does not place value on the treasures of Heaven that you bear, there are countless number of other people who will accept your ministry with great delight and will equally see it as their great privilege.
If you don’t handle the situation correctly, it can lead to:
- Low Self Esteem: You begin to look down on yourself.
- Offence: You take offence at them; your heart becomes embittered and you start harbouring hatred.
- Criticism: You become critical of them and your messages will no longer centre around Christ.
- Distraction: You become distracted in your calling and this can blur your vision from seeing the people who will truly appreciate your ministry.
- Competition: That’s when you start thinking that something is wrong with you and you want to begin to strive to compete with other ministers.
Now, point number 5 is very cunning and deceptive. In your thinking, all other ministers don’t have the same experience but that’s not true.
If you had the opportunity to talk to them along that line, they too would tell you that they sometimes encounter some naughty folks who don’t place value on grace but that they have just decided to focus on people who value their ministry.
I want to say this very emphatically; NEVER DISSIPATE ENERGY ON ANYONE WHO DOESN’T VALUE THE GRACE OF GOD UPON YOUR LIFE, and I can say that 1 million times.
If you do, it’s always a tale of regrets. Jesus made room for this possibility but He didn’t say to force ministry on anyone but to go elsewhere:
11 And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence.
12 And when ye come into an house, salute it.
13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
Jesus didn’t say you should engage in argument. No; He said “TAKE YOUR LEAVE”. You see, it’s a question of “THE HEART POSTURE”.
You see, you don’t have to learn some vital lessons in a very painful way in ministry.
People with ZERO SENSE OF VALUE are toxic and Satan often uses them to demotivate the man of God.
Many years ago, I heard Bishop David Oyedepo say, “YOUR SENSE OF VALUE DETERMINES YOUR FLOW IN VIRTUE”.
I also heard Dr. Mike Murdock say, “ANYONE WHO DOESN’T VALUE YOUR WISDOM IS NOT WORTHY OF YOUR COMPANIONSHIP”.
Now these are strong statements, and they have Scriptural roots.
Have you ever noticed that you flow better in an atmosphere where you’re received with joy, gladness, honour and expectation?
Even for our Lord Jesus Christ, the Bible tells us that HE COULD NOT DO MIGHTY WORKS in His hometown because THEY HAD NO SENSE OF VALUE FOR WHAT HE CARRIED; they saw him as THE CARPENTER not as THE ANOINTED ONE.
3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.
5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.
These were the same people who didn’t RECEIVE Him according to the Gospel of John:
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
You see, if Jesus had the same experience, then NOTHING IS WRONG WITH YOU.
If you don’t learn how to deal with people who don’t place value on the grace of God upon your life early in ministry, you will discover at the latter stage of your ministry that you could actually have done more with the proportion of strength that God made available to you, had it been you were more strategic.
May the Lord give us understanding!
I trust this made little sense Sirs and Mas?