Hebrews 6:10: For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.
It’s June, and vacation that is much needed and well deserved is just ahead for most people in ministry. This is a good time of year to pay attention to your own soul and look to the treasured Scriptures and disciplines that have sustained you thus far in your service to Christ and His church. I am writing to encourage you today.
Every preacher has a few seldom-heard, high-impact verses. We tuck them away in our hearts, and use them in the deepest valleys with people facing the darkest of times. Some we discovered in sermon prep and have simply held on to. Others we needed ourselves in a dark night of the soul, and share, from our own experience, the comfort these Scriptures have brought us. Hebrews 6:10, written above, is such a verse for me—God’s promise not to forget, which I have to be sure I remember.
It’s not just what you have done for the Lord and His church, it is what you continue to attempt for His kingdom and His glory that God won’t forget—be sure you don’t forget that assurance either. God sees it all. He knows your weaknesses and shortcomings better than those who oppose your ministry, and He knows and rejoices over your strengths with singing that is louder than your greatest supporter. God Himself is looking down upon your life and ministry today, fully aware of the promises He has given in His Word. He is expecting you to embrace those truths as your reality, believing His promise: “I am watching over My word to perform it” (Jeremiah 1:12).
Be encouraged in your service to Christ, my brother or sister. All that you are doing to grow in humility and increase in Christ-likeness is seen by our Father. Every effort to be more effective, more fruitful and more God-honoring in your ministry will, in God’s time, be rewarded. Seek to be consciously aware of what drains you and limit those things to the degree you can. Pay attention to what fuels your perseverance, beyond time in the Word and prayer, and attend to those priorities in a way that blesses and balances your own soul.
I saw this video for the first time in church this past weekend, and tears rolled down my cheeks. Stories of Christ changing lives, through the ministry of our Elders/Pastors and an army of faithful servants, heightens my awareness that God Himself is at work. This builds my faith, so I wanted to share it with you today. Be encouraged, God will not forget—and we mustn’t forget that.