Josh Apple's Youth and Children's Page: March

Ministry That Costs Nothing, Accomplishes Nothing

Hey everyone!

     A few years ago, during a Youth Bible Study, I handed out a “Sudoku” puzzle to the teenagers. If you’ve never done one of these before, imagine a 9x9 grid, with nine 3x3 grids within the bigger grid. You are given numbers 1-9 spread out throughout the grid. The goal is to fill in the remaining numbers in the grid. The numbers 1-9 must appear in each row, column, and 3x3 grid so that no number is used twice within the same row, column, or 3x3 grid.

     I purposefully chose the hardest puzzle I could find and challenged the teenagers to complete the puzzle. Some of them gave up within 30 seconds. Others made it several minutes. Eventually, all gave up. When I asked them why they gave up without finishing the puzzle, the response was the same: “It was too hard.”

     Our American culture seems to revolve around wanting everything to be easy. We develop new technology everyday meant to make life easier. If something is too hard, we quit until something is developed to make it easier.

     Have we developed this mentality within the church? Do we expect the Christian life to be easy? Do we expect ministry to be easy? If something is too hard, will we just give up?

     John Henry Jowett once said, “Ministry that costs nothing, accomplishes nothing.”

     When King David went to get the land needed for the building of the Temple in Jerusalem in 2 Samuel 24:18-25, the owner of the land offered to give it to David. David demanded to pay for the land saying, “I will not sacrifice to the LORD my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing” (vs. 24). Being a member of Park Place Baptist Church, being a follower of Christ, and being a child of God will cost you something! The ministry we are called to do will be hard. It will tax us mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically, but if we stay faithful to the ministry God has called us to, we will accomplish great things with God’s guidance and help.

     “Ministry that costs nothing, accomplishes nothing.”

     What is it costing you to minister in the name of Jesus? Whatever it is costing you, remember that God is taking it, investing it, and using it to further His Kingdom. Jesus gave His all for us. Let’s give our all to Him!

In Christ’s Love,