Are you involved in a feel good ministry? Ministry takes hard work, sacrifice, and dedication. To minister means to serve. The work we do for Christ should ultimately meet other people’s spiritual needs and bring people to Christ. Selfless dedication like this can be painful sometimes. Just like Jesus put the world before Himself and it caused Him great agony; real ministry can be hurtful sometimes. It should hurt sometimes because when we put others before ourselves we are conforming to the image of Christ.
There is nothing wrong with being involved in a ministry that gets recognition, has a nice budget, or that gives you a ‘warm feeling’ sometimes. However these are not reasons for ministry. We are to represent Christ in this world. That is not an easy or fun task, but it is our ultimate mission. When you work for Christ….when you LIVE for Christ you will have some pain. Remember just like He told Paul “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9)