Last month, my blog message was about the meaning and use of the word Focus. This morning as I listened to the pastor’s message, the thought occurred to me that there is no “M” in the word focus. The word is not fomcus or focums, it is focus.
For those called to ministry, the struggle to meet the demands of operational obligations is always a reality. There never seems to be enough money to meet the needs of the ministry. But if we focus on the money rather than the mission, our focus becomes skewed and our ministry distracted.
What is your mission? What is the calling God has placed on your life? Think about what it means to accomplish the mission and then do it. When God speaks to you through prayer, His Word and by His Spirit; He doesn’t say to be in ministry because you will make a lot of money or be in ministry to meet your every desire. If our desire is to make money, ministry is not the avenue for it. You should instead seek opportunity to work outside the ministry. For those in full-time ministry, the purpose is always to accomplish the mission given you by God – to instill His love, His word and His gospel of salvation into the hearts of others.
I am not saying you do not deserve to be rewarded for your labor. Paul addressed that in I Corinthians 3:8-9 when he said “The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building”. There are different types of ministry, but all for one purpose and as God’s workers, we are rewarded for our individual labor in accomplishing God’s purpose.
Paul further stated in I Corinthians 9:11-12. “If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more? But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.” And then in verse 14-15, “In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. But I have not used any of these rights.”
The point is this; those in ministry deserve to be rewarded for their labor, but Paul did not focus on the money he would receive when he went out to preach. His love for God and people overrode his physical need and desire. Rather, he focused on the mission so as not to distract from the message. What I am saying is that when we trust God as our Jehovah-Jireh – the LORD who Provides, He will provide according to our needs as we diligently seek Him and serve in obedience according to the calling or task He has given us to do. Anything that gets in the way of that calling or task is a distraction from accomplishing the purpose.
Sweet women, focus on what God has called you to do because it is all about the mission and what we give in serving Christ, not about what we receive.
Since my husband and I have been in ministry, I could tell you story after story of God’s provision in unexpected ways at just the right time. So, I am not just putting words on paper that I do not know to be true. There is no “M” in focus and I know it very well. If there were, it would stand for mission, not money. It’s not about the money, yet we must have it to take care of our responsibilities. But, don’t ignore the mission for lack of money. Move forward by faith, trusting God to do what He says He will do. He is Jehovah-Jireh, our Provider. As we trust Him for provision, it would be against His very character to not provide for those who serve Him in order to accomplish His purpose and mission.
There is no “M” in focus, but there is a “C” so let’s commit together to focus on the mission and let God be who He says He is – Our Provider.
“So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, ‘On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.’” Genesis 22:14 NIV