Such interesting and curious details of Paul’s 2nd missionary journey:
They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. Acts 16:6-8
God opens doors of opportunity for ministry. He also closes them.
Surely the inhabitants of Asia and Bithynia needed the gospel. But Paul and Silas were sensitive to the Spirit’s leading. They must have quickly learned that genuine need does not necessarily equate to a calling to meet that need. There is a good lesson there for us. Busyness does not equal spirituality. We must allow God to guide us in our ministry opportunities and not indiscriminately say yes to every opportunity that presents itself.
If this is indeed true for us as individuals then I propose it is true for us as a church as well.
There are many opportunities out there. So much need. The possibilities for us are almost unlimited.
Divorce recovery. Pro-Life activism. Substance abuse support groups. Clean water. AIDS prevention. Human trafficking. Homeless ministry. Mission work – inner city, rural, New Guinea, Mozambique, Honduras, Colombia, Uganda, China, England. Senior citizens. Single moms. Special needs. Teenagers. Children. Immigrants. Orphans. Grief counseling. Financial counseling.
A part of my job I really dislike is needing to rebuff people’s ideas. They come to me passionate about a myriad of causes and they want ACC to get involved. But we can’t. We have limited resources. ACC leadership must pick and choose what we do. We can’t do it all. Not even close.
And God does not call us to do it all. He calls us to listen to his voice and be obedient. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Just another reason why it’s so important for you to pray for the elders and staff of ACC; that we might discern His leading and then be fully obedient.