Being able to work in ministry full time is an amazing thing. This past year listening has been a big lesson and life change for me. I have found that God has a lot to speak to me through those He places in my path to do life and ministry with. I found that it was a freeing thing to take in to account someone else because they may have something from God for me or a better idea for a task that I am trying to accomplish in my ministry.
One day I was talking with Ben, lead singer of Bread of Stone, about a project I was working on. I felt in my heart I should ask for help but went ahead and made a decision alone that ended in a mistake. What Ben shared with me was that if my standards are at a certain level the people that I teach and lead will have standards that are lower and it will continue to decrease from there. Nothing will be done to the best of my ability for the Lord.
In 1 Kings 16 they speak of a man named Baasha, and the Prophet Jehu comes to him and says to him a word from the Lord which is as follows "In as much as I lifted you out of the dust and made you ruler over My people Israel, and you have walked in the way of Jeroboam, and have made my people Israel sin, to provoke Me to anger with their sins, surely I will take away the posterity of Baasha and the posterity of his house, and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat. The Dogs shall eat whoever belongs to Baasha and dies in the city, and the birds of the air shall eat whoever dies in the fields."
I need to acknowledge Him in everything I do, since He is the one who gave me this ministry to be apart of and the skills and gifts to use in this ministry. God has put the people here to help me to look to Him and learn in this life to become closer to Himself. If I do not do this, all those I am put in place to lead and work with may not do this either.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.