by Crys Gorman
When it comes to working in ministry, it’s not uncommon to get to the end of our rope, to feel like giving up, or to come home on a Sunday afternoon and say, “That’s it, I’m done!” We’ve all been there. And if we did quit, God would still accomplish His work. His will would still be done and His purposes do not depend on us.
In 2 Kings 2:9 (NIV), “Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?’ ‘Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,’ Elisha replied.”
Elijah was one of the greatest prophets the Israelites had ever seen, until Elisha showed up. Similarly, Moses was one of the greatest leaders the Israelites had ever seen, and yet Joshua accomplished what Moses could not. And then there was David, a man after God’s own heart, and yet it was Solomon who built the temple. The point is, God always has another Elisha, Moses, or David waiting in the wings, and they might even have a double portion of their predecessor’s gifts.
Even if there was no one left willing to serve Him, Jesus says in Matthew 3:9 (NIV), “…out of these stones God can raise up children of Abraham.” We are not irreplaceable, and we are not indispensable. God has limitless ways to accomplish His purpose. So go ahead, quit.
But before you quit a vocation in ministry, consider this: What is greater than being part of God’s activity? What else in life is worth the sacrifice, the work, the effort? What else has more honor, more reward, and more eternal significance than doing His work? Perhaps an alternative career away from ministry is easier, it involves less emotion and allows for more sleep. But who looks back on their life and remembers the days they got plenty of sleep?
As you sit at home on Sunday afternoon – exhausted, frustrated, and spiritually drained – know that the population of Heaven is different now than it was when you left for work this morning…your sacrifice is worth it.
God has limitless ways to accomplish His purpose…one of them is you.
Don’t quit – be a part of God’s movement.
About the Author: Crys Gorman serves OneHope through the development of Incredible Islands. She serves alongside her husband Matt, children’s pastor at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, TX, where they are passionate about the local church and reaching the next generation of leaders.