8 Encouragements for a new co-worker.

Taking that leap of faith into ministry can be tough. Sometimes, it is hard to find peace when all things earthly hurl a wealth of opportunities that promise material success that ministry couldn’t. To add to the anxiety, even though ministry is all about service to God, we are still ultimately working with fallen people in a fallen world. Amidst all these difficulties and uncertainty, it is truly hard to find God, let alone purpose. Hence, it is of utmost importance to encourage weary brothers and sisters in Christ to hold on to the promises of God as they transition out of self-centered work and towards Christ-centered Kingdom expansion work.

Hence, I have compiled some of the encouragements and promises of God that kept me going as I took that step of faith to serve the Lord wholeheartedly.

1. “Be Strong and Courageous!”
— Joshua 1:6, 9, 18, NIV.

2. “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young!
But set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
— 1 Timothy 4:12, NIV.

3. “You will do greater things than these.”
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”
— John 14:12-14, NIV.

4. God pulled us out of the world because He is merciful towards us.
“When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them.”
— Genesis 19:16, NIV.

5. We are the salt of the world; scattered among fallen places to consecrate them.
You are placed where you are as an ambassador for God; to consecrate the land and to bring people back to Him.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”
— Matthew 5:13, NIV.

“The land of defeated cities was salted to consecrate them to a god and curse their re-population, as illustrated in Judges 9:45.” [1]

6. You will soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint.
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
— Isaiah 40:30-31, NIV.

7. God’s Grace is sufficient because His Power is made perfect in our weaknesses.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
— 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NIV.

8. Do not worry. God knows your needs and will provide them for you.
“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life. The pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
— Matthew 6:25, 32-33, NIV.

There are a lot more promises that are listed in the Bible. However, it is through these 8 encouragements that God spoke to me the most. Prayerfully, this humble sharing will cheer some wearied soul along God’s given path too!

References:

[1] – Light through an Eastern window, pg. 41, as cited in Wikipedia.

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