This morning I woke up enthusiastic to kick the day. I had a Skype 'meeting' with one of my colleague in Jakarta -Indonesia, which was scheduled at 07:00 London time (14:00 Jakarta time). We got some stuff to be done on our website. While we updated the website, we talked about how's the team these days. If you are not familiar with the team I talk about, check us here. Since moved to England, I missed all the team's activities, yet I support them by volunteering myself to handle website and social media from my current place.
We have been so incredibly blessed this year. More people have decided to join our team, which one of them gave us a place for our meeting room, with no cost at all. Before, we struggled to find a place to rehears, and to keep all the props we have. Paying monthly rent, even for a small flat, was the next struggle we had. So, thank God for the free place. It definitely is a blessing!
This year has been a great year for me in England, and there are so many things I want to give thanks for . I won't list them one by one here, because some of them were mentioned on my previous posts. I'm joyfully overwhelmed by what I just heard from my colleague when we had Skype meeting. There are some people whom we trained, have made another team and do exactly the same thing as we do. My colleague sounds a bit disappointed as they seem copy our team (from the name, the activities, and etc). When my colleague told me about that, I check their website where I found all their activity which exactly the same. I was thinking this is not good. But after a bit of discussion, both me and my colleague agree to see this in a positive way. Yes, we should be grateful for this.
I know that the thoughts and feelings I had were not right. It was just an insecurity feeling and competitive mindset, which are not counted when we serve the Lord.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-dresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. (John 15:1-2)
In the middle of wondering my own thoughts and feelings, this verses popped in to my mind. Aren't we called to bear fruit?
Doing ministry here and there is one of the way for His disciples to bear fruits. But so often I busy doing thing, yet forget to check if there is any fruits from it or not. So often I focus on the ministry itself, until I get consumed by it. Can you relate with this?
Any kind of ministry we are doing is not ours. This is his, even our lives are his hand-work. Just like the Vine-dresser works with his hands to take away the unfruitful branches, and prunes those who bear fruits. This is his mission to grow a healthy tree which produces good fruits in its season. This is his ministry to keep on eye on each branch, and make sure they work according to his mission.
Now, are we still thinking that the ministry is ours? It is easier to see the ministry we've been doing as our own work. Especially when we start the ministry from scratch, from nothing becomes something. We will absolutely feel attached with this ministry, and think that we own this.
This is the truth. There is no ministry started from nothing, because far beyond what our eyes can see, the Lord has been working and preparing things for any kind of ministry. We are just given the privilege to take part on his mission. And when the season comes for us to bear fruits, we should celebrate it together with the Vine-dresser.
And this is another truth we should learn, that the important thing for us is to be attached to the Vine -and not to the fruit. Because the fruit will be taken away from us, so that we could produce another fruit on the next season. When our heart links and strongly connects to the Source, we are definitely will produce fruits, on and on again, and ourselves will become stronger on doing our part in His mission.
This is the season when my colleague(s) and I supposed to be grateful for seeing His works, on and through this team, produce fruits. We should remind each other that in any ministry we are doing, we need to stick to the Vine even stronger, and receive The Vine-dresser caring with a joyful heart. Wait and see, in its time there will be fruits to celebrate.