Sunday morning Joe called me from our bedroom. He said; "I don't know what happened but my shoes don't fit me. They really hurt my feet!" Joe's face showed real pain when I stepped into the room. I checked the shoes over and sure enough they were too small for him. My grandson, Nathaniel, had outgrown his shoes so my daughter asked me to take them back to Huntley and find them a home. Joe and Nathaniel's dress shoes happen to be the same color and style. Well except for one thing, Joe's shoes are a size and a half bigger. Somehow Joe smashed, wiggled and squirmed his size-10 feet into Nathaniel's size-8 ½ shoes. I explained the problem to Joe. He was relieved to find out his shoes hadn't shrunk.
Right there I felt the spirit of the Lord speak into my heart; "My people like to wear different shoes. They put on shoes that don't fit and shoes that the Lord did not give them to wear."
God wants us to walk and work in the ministry (or ministries) He's put us in. God has put us in that ministry for a reason. Our eyes should not be looking at how God successfully worked through another person. Nor should we try to fashion our ministry to match another ministry approach. Instead we should be looking for how God can build a unique and successful ministry through us.
There are all sorts of unique ministries. Some are called to work in the slums, to sweep floors or to clean toilets. Others are called to work in children's church, to pray for healing or hold large revival meetings. Paul said it this way:
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way. 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 (NKJV)
If we truly want our ministry to flourish, we need to allow God's Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into the ministry he has for us. God makes unique individuals. Each of our ministries will be unique too? Do you realize that there are people out there that need your special ministry? Get into the Word of God. Start meditating on the Word of God for yourself. Dig for the message God shows you and stop being a copy-cat preacher. Then you will enjoy wearing the shoes that God has placed on your feet and your heart will be full of Joy.
All of us have a message after we are born again.
And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15 (NKJV)