Friend of the Bridegroom
“You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, I have been sent ahead of Him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom,who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full.” (John 3:28-29)
Our church, our ministry, and our missionary work all belong to Jesus. This must be a constant reminder for every pastor, leader and worker. There is a huge gap between the manager and the owner. Many ministers forget that the Lord partnered with them to plant churches, grow ministries, and see transformations in communities and cities. The truth is we own nothing; we are just merely stewards. That is why we always need to check our motives at the door.
Let’s ask ourselves: Is what we are currently doing still aligned with what God called us out to do? Is God still at the center of this work? Are we feeling burnout? If we don’t get acknowledged for the work we put in, do we get hurt or offended? If God takes away our ministry from us, can we still rejoice?
As the passage goes, “I am not the Christ” but I have been sent ahead of Him. The Lord has given us the privilege to co-work with Him. Our work is nothing short but to pave the way to make Jesus known and famous. If Christ is being lifted up, if He is being acknowledged, if He is being honored, then it should be enough for us.
Lord, thank you for the privilege to partner with you in the
great commission. We are excited for your return. Teach us
to give You all the glory and praise.
Give glory to God by acknowledging the work that you do as a humble offering to the Lord. Share this with a friend and encourage them to do the same.