As we have more and more toddlers in our house, we are constantly reminded of their favorite question. It’s the same question every detective asks when trying to solve a crime. The question of why.
In ministry, this can be a very important question. Why choose that program? Why run this ministry? Why do we decide to do certain things and stop doing others? This three letter question always needs to be answered honestly. It can open your eyes to help you see the real purpose behind things.
In Genesis 11, the people decided to build a magnificent thing, but their why was not a position of worship, it was a position of pride. “Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves” (Gen 11:4). Although they acknowledge the heavens, they show no interest in communing with He who resides their, rather their goal is nothing but prideful, selfish ambition.
The result is God did not bless this work, rather He made it impossible. “And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” (Gen 11:6-7) A quick side note is that this is one of the few places where God refers to ‘us’. This action involved the full trinity.
God saw they were so united and ambitious, they could accomplish anything on their own power. But the longer story God was in the process of writing was that we need Him. If our goals and ambitions are selfish, it may be possible to complete… but at what cost. When we accomplish things on our own power, what good is that?
However, if our Why is bigger than us, if our purpose is focused on Him,we can’t possibly accomplish it without His help. And that’s the best place to be. By setting our why bigger than ourselves, we need Him. Our greater dependence on Him brings us closer and closer to Him.
A perfect example for me personally is adoption and foster care. The stresses we face in this process can sometime cause us to pause… but we return to our why. Why do we do this? Because He has called us. Since He has called us, we constantly turn back to Him for help. And without His help, we couldn’t survive. But as a result of constantly relying upon Him, we draw closer to Him. This is where we start to see why He called us to this ministry in the first place.
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