“What if God is basing His miraculous on our minimum?”
Keep in mind that this is just an IF question. God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omni-present which means He can do whatever He wants to whenever He wants to do it. Ultimately, this IF question is to get you to think unselfishly for a moment. If we knew that a miracle was based solely on the minimum that we do, how much more would we be on top of doing the minimum. I would imagine that in most cases, we’d strive for “above the minimum” if we knew that a miracle was the ultimate result because human nature dictates that we are, more often than not, a “results driven” species. Unfortunately, our human nature also dictates that we are “lazy”.
Think about every late night infomercial that you’ve ever seen. Something “new and improved” or something that will make something else “a thing of the past”. Advertisers know how to appeal to the “lazy” side of human nature; the side that’s not so concerned about the work involved as much as the results on the back end. The only problem with that is you can only get as much out of a thing as you put into it. Anything that you put your time, energy, effort, and resources towards means that you’re looking for a return on your investment. We can always put that in tangible terms with spouse, children, home, career, money, etc. It should be no different when it comes to ministry (any ministry of course, but music ministry for me specifically).
I can honestly say from my own experience that when I invest into whatever music ministry that I’m working with, I try to give my all in an effort to have the product be the best it can be. Why? Simple. The best products yield the best results. Any “music ministry” is really a “ministry that happens to operate through the medium of music”. In other words, the MINISTRY has to come first. Church is in the business of saving souls meaning that all ministries involved in the church should have the exact same goal. When a soul comes to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, then all ministries involved from the parking lot to the pulpit have done their due diligence leaving the rest up to God to move on the hearts of the people living in a dying world.
Getting souls saved are the results that we, as a music ministry, are looking for… BUT it starts with every ministry member doing their due diligence… and THAT starts with, at least, doing the minimum.
If you’re not doing the minimum, there’s no better time to start than now because God’s grace is sufficient which is why we can take confidence in the scripture that says:
“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin…” -Zechariah 4:10a (NLT)
What do you think? Shared wisdom makes us all stronger.