Beyond the Peaks and Valleys

Let’s face it…ministry is a struggle. Just when you seem to crest the latest hill you’ve had to climb, there, in the distance, stands Mt. Everest ready for you to conquer next. At times, the never ending run of peaks and valleys becomes overwhelming and deflating. I think it’s important however, to identify why these peaks and valleys exist, why ministry is a struggle and why we seem to have to constantly conquer giant after giant just to accomplish the kingdom work in front of us.

Why?… Simple, we need to exercise the conqueror in us. Romans 8:36-39 says: “As it is written: For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”

The key is to overcome…not by our strength, talent or giftedness, but as “conquerors through him who loved us”. Ministry is a struggle because we need to be reminded to lean into God. We go through peaks and valleys, so we can have landmarks to look back on and see the conquering hand of God at work. In the valley’s we are forced to lean in harder and on the peaks, we are forced to honor the one who carried us up the long climb…this struggle is necessary…the struggle gives perspective…the struggle grows us…the struggle solidifies the partnership we have with Jesus.

This is truth. It’s truth on the highs and truth on the lows. Wherever and whenever…we are more than conquerors through Jesus. Knowing that, makes every ounce of struggle worth it!

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