I’m Quitting!!

OK, if your reading this I got your attention! I'm not really quitting ministry but I am changing my ways! There will be some things I quit doing in 2014 because I am resolved to impact our world for Jesus and I want you to join me.! Please read on!

 

1 Timothy 4:13 says,

“Until I come, give your attention to public reading, exhortation, and teaching.”

 

As I looked back at 2013 and as I gaze forward to 2014, I was praying this morning and I felt a challenge was given to me to share with my family who serve in ministry. It really doesn't matter which area you serve in the body.

I truly believe the days are growing more evil, and I am one who still believes the return of Jesus is coming very soon. That urgency drives me to make sure I am sharing Jesus whenever he opens a door and to plant seeds as often as I can.

So it is with this in mind, and the Scripture from 1 Timothy 4:13 buzzing in my ears, that I challenge you to join with me as we resolve to make 2014 a year of harvest and blessing for the Glory of God alone!

 

The word Resolve as a verb means, “To make a firm decision about.” As a noun it means, “A determination or decision; a fixed purpose.”

 

So here is what I RESOLVE to do in 2014!

 

To present Jesus and his gospel message as creatively, and as clearly, as possible. In total reliance on the Holy Spirits prompting to invite those listening to a relationship with Jesus.

To make sure I provide training and instruction to all parents and volunteers to share Jesus with the children in their care. ( I want them leading their children to Jesus!)

To not do ministry alone, but have the multiplication mindset in 2014, knowing that together we can reach more than I can do alone.

To spend significant time in prayer, study of the Word (for personal benefit).

To take care of my family, by taking care of myself. To stick to a plan of sabbath rest weekly, and to exercise daily to keep my “temple” worshiping the King for as long as he allows.

 

Practice these things; be committed to them, so that your progress may be evident to all.1 Timothy 4:15

 

Will you RESOLVE with me to hold me accountable to these things? Will you join me?

 

If you will, please just make a comment below so I can pray for you and by doing so, please pray for me.

 

Let's make 2014 a year of harvest and blessing!

 

I welcome your comments and feedback!

13 thoughts on “I’m Quitting!!”

    1. Nate,
      Thanks so much! I am going to start a facebook group to set up some accountability with these resolutions, let me know if you’d like to join.
      I hope others will join us as I believe we as Believers need to make some serious changes in our churches and in our country.
      I am praying for a great harvest of souls and of great spiritual blessings!

  1. Hey Tom,

    Thanks for sharing. So often we see others in ministry and we think they’ve got it all together, the perfect prayer life, perfect balance of Bible reading and study, and all that.

    I know I struggle in the same areas. I stopped making resolutions a few years ago because I really haven’t resolved to do it. Instead I have goals (okay, call it semantics) that I try to reach and they are the same each year because I’ve yet to meet the goals.

    I’m willing to join you in this journey this year.

  2. Tom,

    Thanks for posting this. It has prompted me to make some resoultions myself. I am looking forward to interacting in the Facebook group and stiring one another on as we seek to honor God and stick to our resolutions well past the first week in January. 🙂

  3. It’s interesting that you would use Paul’s words to Timothy as inspiration for 2014. I too and burdened with some of Paul’s teachings to Timothy as I look to 2014. 1 Timothy 3:2 says, “Now the overseer must be above reproach.” I strive to make this direction a part of my life and believe I do well in many ways. However, there is one area where I fear I fail miserably… gluttony. I believe that the Bible teaches that gluttony is a sin. As such I can’t be 100 pounds over weight or more and also be “above reproach.”

    It is astonishing to me how we simply ignore this particular sin. I was born in the church, I received salvation 30 years ago, and I have been in ministry for the past 5-7 years. Yet I have NEVER had a brother, leader, or mentor hold me accountable for this. I have been encouraged to lose weight. I have been the butt of jokes. I have even been made fun of by fellow staff people that I believe meant well. BUT, I have never had someone look me in the eye and call me out on my blatant embrace of this sin. Years ago I had a pastor and friend hold me accountable for smoking (which I quit many years ago). I have had a pastor tell me that he would FIRE me if he caught me drinking. We have all seen pastors and other Christians called out because of sexual immorality yet here I sit at 308 pounds and NO ONE HAS EVER HELD ME ACCOUNTABLE. Somehow this one sin has become acceptable within the vast majority of churches. If not accepted at least ignored.

    I am completely on board with your commitment to preach the gospel and teach the Bible. But, I can’t help but wonder how much I hurt my witness by continuing to wallow in gluttony. God does not expect perfection from us. But, He does expect us to be aware of our sins, not ignore them. He does expect us to ask forgiveness for our sins, not pretend like they never happened. He does expect us to REPENT of our sins, not continue to wallow in them as if it were right and good.

    So, YES I accept your challenge to teach the Bible as Paul instructed Timothy. BUT, I invite you to turn from gluttony and to hold be accountable to do the same.

      1. Tom I am so with you on this. Totally agree with your 5 points you mentioned and identify with them. I would add for myself (and going along with point 2 and 3) to provide timely feedback, assistance, encouragement and support for my volunteers and helpers. I know for myself I can tend to get busy with everything that is going on with ministry and often overlook those that are so faithful to be there and help in the trenches.

        Count me in to help you along during the year and hope you will keep me in prayer also.

        Scott Phillips

  4. Thanks Tom – this is a great challenge. 2013 was one of the most difficult years of my life and pulled me from ministry (though perhaps God used me in ways I couldn’t see). Lord willing I will get back with things in the weeks ahead. My passion is to see children and their parents discipled to walk with God. I believe that as Children’s Ministry leaders we have a great responsibility to search out and allow the Holy Spirit to show us what the children truly need – not what they want and not what makes us feel good,but what are their real needs. Are we willing to stand in the gap for the children when no one else will?

    I would love to be a part of the Facebook Group. .

  5. My prayer is the same! My husband and I are children’s evangelists and during the past year after 15 years of ministering in the same way (which the Lord has blessed) we feel we need to change also. Please pray for us that we may creatively minister in such a way that the Lord through us will …draw Hearts to Christ…

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