I got a call Monday morning from a man who was interested in my ministry in Childress. He asked if he could ask me some questions. I told him sure, ask away. He asked lots of questions about different areas of my ministry.
Once we’d finished talking, there were two of his questions in particular that really made me think. The first was, “What area of your ministry are you putting your main focus on right now?” My answer was, “Easy answer, my most important ministry right now is at home. My first responsibility is to my wife and my second is to my kids.” The second question was, “What do you find to be the toughest part of your ministry right now?” I answered, “I have to admit it’s the same thing as above … making my marriage and children the most important part of my ministry.”
I am so blessed to be working with such a hard working and Christ-like church in Childress. I absolutely adore my ministry out in the community of Childress. I wouldn’t trade anything for my ministry in the local school system. And I’m in awe of the internet ministry that the Lord has blessed me with. But NOTHING, absolutely nothing, should come before my ministry at home. It is, by far, my most important ministry. But yet, it’s also the easiest thing to take for granted.
I can’t help but think of Noah this morning. He’s my hero and I want to be like him. He is to me a great preacher. For over 100 years while he built the ark, he preached to the lost around him. When the ark was finished and he was done preaching, the invitation was given, and the only people willing to get on the ark with him was his family. Noah had no conversions in all his years of preaching, except his family. I think that makes him an extremely successful preacher. And when that great day comes and God calls us all home, if the only people I can get to go with me to heaven is my family … then I’ve been tremendously successful in my most important ministry.
Two questions I’d love to hear your answers on …
- Why do you think it’s easy to take for granted the most important ministry we have in this world (family)?
- What are some specific ways you can encourage your minister to keep his family first?