Ten years ago Christain workers reported that their biggest problem was tension between co-workers. That has changed. Over the last couple of years, Christain workers said their biggest challenge is spiritual dryness.
Christians working in Muslim majority countries and among Muslims elsewhere are reporting that the oppression is sometimes so heavy that more than 70% of their energy is consumed by just surviving. (This is according to one of my friends working in a team in one of these nations.)
The biggest challenge for workers is to remain rooted in the love of God and to increase in intimacy with God the Father.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. (Jude 20-21)
Our greatest challenge is to remain rooted in the love of God. Devotion to God fuels our calling.
- That workers will not compromise in terms of their personal devotions and time with God. There is often a tension to keep your devotional life as a priority on one hand and the ministry on the other. The two seldom meet in a naturally connected way. Ministry that fails to grow out of devotional delight in the Lord remains stunted.
- For workers to root themselves in the immeasurable great love of God. The clearest and deepest expression of that love is the cross of Jesus Christ. We must fix our thoughts and feelings on the great truth that God loves undeserving sinners like us.
- That workers will live in the reality that God Himself is the one who keeps us: … for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)
- Praise Him who keeps our hearts focused on His great love as we trust and wait on Him to work in us and through us.
For workers to daily strengthen themselves in the Lord.