“Are you an Unworthy Servant?”
The Lord called me from the 2ndchair (Executive Pastor) of a large ministry that expanded two campuses, dozens of employees, a multi-million-dollar budget, rapidly growing awareness with an internationally known Senior Pastor, and placed me in a church that was all but dead. When I preached as a candidate for the Senior Pastor position at St. Johns there were 6 people in attendance including my wife Jada and me!
Leaving the large ministry came as a shock to many. Outside of Jada, it was difficult for family, friends, staff, and church members to believe I would “throw away” all the Lord had so richly blessed me to receive.
You must understand, everything was right about the 2ndChair. The benefits, influence, security, even my route to the 2ndChair was somewhat of a dream. I came to the church at age 22, little did I know the Lord would use me in such a wonderful way. My journey went from volunteer nursery worker to Sunday School Teacher of Youth, then Young adults, Ministry Leader of Children, Youth Worker, Deacon, Pastor of Youth Young Adults and Singles, Christian Education Pastor, Elder, finally landing as Executive Pastor (2ndChair). After 20 years of service, the Lord had given me tools I could have never dreamed I would acquire.
So why did I walk away from the “ideal” situation? My reply to that question, “the Lord was leading me in a different direction.” And He did. But not to a thriving ministry. No, he led me to a handful of people who were praying for God’s next under shepherd while doing just enough to keep the doors of the church open.
A Step of Faith.
Steps of faith are seldomly easy for you to take and almost impossible for others to understand. Nevertheless, we are called to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). So off I went, trusting that God was leading me and not any selfish ambition.
As I write this it has been 7 months and to be honest we have a long way to go at St. Johns. However, the Lord has confirmed time after time, He was in control when I gave my life to Him at age 22, nurturing me from infancy to spiritual maturity, giving me valuable tools along the way, ultimately placing me where he destined me to be.
As I often reflect over what the Lord has done I am reminded of Luke 17:10Jesus says…
so you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.”
I am clay in the potter’s hand, a product of the church an unworthy servant only doing what the Lord has asked. What are you?