Grow where you are planted. Minister where your roots reach.
Don’t wait to go to China, to Uganda, to some other place than where you are.
Minister now, where you are planted. With a story, your story. Of what He has done for you.
“Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples” (Psalm 96:3).
Among the nations is also right where you are.
Some people might have a street corner. Some people might have a campus step. Some people might have a classroom podium or a sandy spot on a beach. My campus step, my street corner, my podium – is my kitchen counter. 5 boys x however many people they bring through my house – that is my mission field.
I see my ministry grow where the boys bring people through the house. When you come through my door, you get good food and real conversation – across-the counter-conversation. Maybe my stories of what God has done for me will water a seed planted – and that seed planted will grow roots that will go to the nations – right in my town or across the world.
“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10).
You don’t have to go to far away places. You don’t have to lead a ministry team. It is about living your ministry that God fitted you for, planned you for, placed you – where you are.
Instead of trying to weed myself out of where I am planted, I have come to understand God planted me there for a reason. This understanding drastically changed the expectations I had created of where I thought I ought to be.
Like a shade plant transplanted from the afternoon sun into a cool, shade spot,
or a desert plant removed from the long, drawn-out shadowed corner of a house nestled next to a butterfly bush and placed in a dry rocky area to thrive,
I have thrived, bloomed riotously (I so love that word).
“Pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest” (Matt 9: 38).
The harvest is from where you stand to as far as your heart can pray. Yes, pray for laborers but realize that you are a laborer of the harvest and your field to harvest is where you are right now.
I need to tell those stories of what He has done from where I am, whether it is my kitchen counter or a podium in a church in Africa. It is just as important a work, loving God’s children here, pulling strangers into the family of God here. . . in my kitchen as it is in another country.
My counter, my root spot, my lofty podium is behind my kitchen counter.