Don’t let people define your ministry.
When I first started pastoring, everybody wanted me to counsel. I began to realize that’s not my gift. Let me tell you something, if you let them, other people will define your ministry for you, and they’ll run you in the ground. You define how you’re gonna be treated. You define the schedule that you have. You cannot give that off to other people. I found out a long time ago that the best thing I can do for my people, is to let God deal with me as to what is the best way for me to serve them.
Years ago I had never had a hobby, and I started doing some hunting and we had an opportunity to buy a ranch. And before I did it, I went to pastor Tommy Barnett who was speaking for us at the time, and said, “I want to ask you a question. I’ve got an opportunity here to buy a ranch from a friend who needs to sell it and I absolutely love the place because it’s so relaxing to me.” This is what he said. “If it’s good for Willie George, it’s good for Church on the Move.” He said, “If it’s good for you, it’s good for your people.” He said, “If it’s something that refreshes you, it’s gonna be a blessing to them.”
I’m not talking about being extravagant, I’m just talking about taking time to replenish yourself and your family. But you cannot live in fear of what people are gonna say. Don’t let other people define your ministry.
October 17 2014