Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Ps. 90:2)
How Remembering We Have an Eternal God Helps Us in Ministry
Even though we have an eternal God, it is so easy for us to get caught up in the here and now. To get beyond the tyranny of the urgent, the turmoil of difficult circumstances, and the turbulence of human relationships, we need to remember the following in ministry:
1) With an Eternal God comes eternal purpose.
God accomplished His eternal purpose in Christ Jesus our Lord (Eph. 3:11) through whom He offers a relationship with Himself and the privilege of working in cooperation with Him. His intent is to not only give us an eternal inheritance but also to bring us into conformity to His Son (Rom. 8:28-30).
— Make your ambition be to line up with Him! That will set your sights on what truly matters.
2) With an Eternal God comes eternal perspective.
His “righteousness is everlasting” and His “statutes are forever right.” We should therefore be praying, “give me understanding that I may live” (Ps. 119:142, 144). To live within that abundant life Jesus came to give (Jn. 10:10), we need His perspective on life.
— Make a conscientious effort to see life through His eyes. That will raise you above life’s petty concerns.
3) With an Eternal God comes eternal passion.
God has an eternal passion for those He created which grows out of His eternal characteristics. His love, kindness, and mercy toward us will never end (Jer. 31:3; Isa. 54:8; Ps. 100:5; 103:17) and cannot be measured. Because His righteousness and holiness are also eternal, His concern goes beyond how we feel in the moment to our eternal welfare.
— Make time to bask in His heart for you. That will motivate you beyond measure.
4) With an Eternal God comes eternal power.
We are without excuse for not trusting Him and living a godly life for “since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Rom. 1:20). “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut. 33:27).
— Make Him the first place you turn. That will make whatever you face seem do-able.
5) With an Eternal God comes eternal perseverance.
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, … He will not grow tired or weary” (Isa. 40:28). He always was and always will be God who always was and always will be true to Himself who always was and always will work on behalf of His people. Even “if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself” (2 Tim. 2:13).
— Make reflection on His faithfulness a part of your every day life. That will enable you to keep going on even when you don’t understand.
Perhaps the demands of ministry seem like more than you can bear. Maybe the burdens of those you are seeking to help weigh you down. If you get your eyes off of your circumstances and onto God, you will find strength, joy, hope, and power of eternal proportions. That is a sure cure for ministry blues!
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isa. 40:31)
God’s eternality is just one of the many attributes of God we need to remember in ministry. Check out the Our Great God from A to Z Discipleship Tool Download for alphabetical listing describing the kind of God who is with us in all we do.