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From very early in life, we’re conditioned to compare ourselves to other people. If we’re not careful, our entire lives can bounce from one comparison to another. Who ranks the highest in school? – Who has the happiest marriage? – Who makes the most money? – Who is the most successful? – And the list goes on!
Our feelings are misleading and ever-changing. One minute, we can feel one way about a particular thing – and the next minute feel something completely different about that very same thing! The Word of God teaches us, however, that relying on how we feel leads to confusion and instability.
In ministry, it is very easy to get caught up in the numbers. Many of us (and the people who judge us) look at "how many people" attend our services, Bible studies, and events. But we should be very careful. Whether we reach 2 people or 20 million, the question is: Are we reaching exactly who God has called us to reach?
Changing direction is seldom easy. As children, we daydream about who we want to be. As adults, we devote our lives to making our dreams come true. However, what happens when our dreams don’t line up with God’s plan? Do we stubbornly try to create our fantasies, or do we change direction — and follow God?
Countless Christians are waiting on secondary things before aggressively charging forward with their ministry. But, in order to assertively move forward, all we need is the power of our testimony. The Holy Spirit will equip us with everything else along the way.