The Challenge of Doing God’s Work
It’s been almost a decade since I changed my secular executive career and turned to focus on doing God’s Work around the world. It’s been a very rewarding, yet challenging experience that is not for the faint of heart. The truth is, Ministry and Non-Profit work is extremely difficult, even harder than operating major companies. That would beg the question, then why in the world would you want to do it? It’s a great question.
The first concept that many have about Ministries and Non-Profits is that all involved are really good people. In most cases, this is basically true, but unfortunately human nature allows personal agendas to impact decisions and many times faith and passion are used to hide dysfunction. It’s very frustrating for those of us that are trying to instill sound business principles and grow the work of the organization. The faith card is used to distract focus and many times an organization can get bogged down by people pulling in different directions. In the secular world, you make a decision and if people don’t like it, then go work somewhere else. In the case of a Ministry, faith is used as an excuse many times to offset the dysfunctional decisions that some want to put forth. Most of these people have good intentions, but their “comfort” with doing what they feel, may run contrary to doing the right thing for the organization.
These issues are rampant in the Global Church, but the only way they can be addressed is if people of faith have the courage to face them head on and try to correct the issues. The Church has been called into service and personal agendas must be set aside to ensure that the global ministry is successful and representing exactly what they are saying it is at all times. This is in both words and action. I often use the term “Missional” to describe our work as we must live our faith 24/7, not just get dressed up on Sundays and then hang it all up the rest of the week. A life dedicated to God is just that, dedicated to God and our sacrifice, though painful, is a requirement of the job.
Our society today is running rampant with people that are pushing an agenda of “do what you want, when you want” and this agenda is quickly tearing at the moral fiber of our society. The only way to stop this trend is for the Global Church to step up and be exactly who they represent to be….not in words, but in actions. Being a person of faith is not to be timid and sit on the sidelines, but to get out of our comfort zones and do God’s work. This is sometimes at a significant detriment to our own comfortable life, but no one ever said that being a follower of Jesus is supposed to be easy.
So to answer the question, why do you do it? The truth is…I gave my life to Jesus and all that this commitment includes. I have seen first-hand miracles occur before my eyes. These miracles happened because of the work of our team, not by ourselves, but by the body as a whole. We each have skills that God has given us and when combined, amazing miracles happen! If you think about it, it is the greatest reward you could ever receive and thus all the bad is worth it.
Challenges are designed to create chaos, and yet empower the faithful! Are you ready to accept the Missional Challenge? The Church could use your help!