Come Back Tomorrow: A Call for More Leaders

Last night I had a poignant dream of a man and his family who ran a small farm. In this dream, people were receiving various dairy products: One would get a gallon of milk, another a gallon of skim, then another cheese, others eggs or buttermilk.

One lady came up and asked for something they did not have, and the man simply said, “Come back tomorrow and we will have some.” She made a sour look, but it didn’t bother the owner. He just went back to work. That was how it was in this farm.

Yet people still came. They were standing in line for the products. They bought until the famers sold out for the day. And this happened everyday because their products were excellent and the quality was unmatched. And when they ran out, the farmer would say, “Come back tomorrow and we will have more.”

I came away with a new view of life and ministry. I don’t need to create an assembly line. That doesn’t feel like me. That’s not who I am, and I don’t want to lose who God made me to be in the press of ministry.

I don’t have to do something huge in order to sell more, produce more, make more. I don’t need to try and outdo last week’s numbers. I would rather simplify. I have just so much time in the day, and I want to produce until the clock runs out, and I am through. In other words, I don’t want to kill myself by overproducing. I want to excellently do the ministry God has asked of me and still have time for family and enjoying my life with Anna.

I have noticed that there are too many ministers getting into sexual affairs, frying out, or blowing up. I have seen those who began with such genuine hearts, and twenty–some years later, there is only a mutation of their original self left. Ministry can be a self–destructive path where the roadway to ministry success and the roadway to a breakdown are one and the same.

We need to build, not bigger ministries, butMORE ministries. If we can encourage others and train more emerging leaders, we can do what Matthew 28 asks of us. We can’t do it alone, but together, we can! We must be those who can see the potential in other budding leaders and invest in that potential. It’s time we do this thing called ministry… as a team!

“The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. Pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest, and ask him to send out more workers for his fields” (Luke 10:2).

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