Are you really that blessed?
Are what we see and feel as “blessings” the measure for ministry appreciation?
“You just don’t know how blessed you are.”
I often hear this statement being spoken by some Kiwis who were sharing or reporting about their missionary work in India, Southeast Asia or any other Third World country.
Well, I cannot blame some missionaries if they utter such statement as I understand where they are coming from and where they had been to.
Maybe the statement is intended to awaken or challenge the NZ congregation to realise how blessed they are and so they need to share that “blessings” to the least peoples of other countries.
Also, the statement can be spoken by anyone who realises that he or she’s living in a far better situation than the country or community he or she is ministering to.
Yes, a Filipino, Indian, Thai, Sri Lankan, Nepalese or any other people from other countries who are now living here in New Zealand could not avoid saying, “You just don’t know how blessed you are.”
Maybe comparing the lifestyle and opportunities that New Zealand offers to one’s native country could be the reason why some would say that the people in New Zealand are blessed indeed.
Two implications of the “You just don’t know how blessed you are” perspective
However, if one’s perspective is limited to the statement “You just don’t know how blessed you are,” then I can see two possible implications on one’s ministry or to his or her ability to minister.
First, one’s ability to see the wonderful manifestation of the Sovereign Almighty Omnipresent God in a particular place is hindered and limited.
You will fail to see and appreciate what the Sovereign Almighty Omnipresent God has established in what you consider as a “not-so-blessed” place.
Please be reminded that He has been there before you were born before you know there is such a place or even before you thought of becoming a missionary to that particular country or place.
Surely, the Lord God has done great and mighty things for His people regardless of geographical location.
So, instead of presuming that you are the missionary extraordinaire, the expert, you must in all humility assume that you are ignorant of anything about what you perceive as the “not-so-blessed” place.
Then you must ask the Lord God for wisdom and guidance to point you to what He has done for and to your place of mission, in many many ways and way, way ahead of you.
Second, it affects your perception and attitude towards the people who came from what you thought was a “not-so-blessed” place.
For believing that you are one of the “how-blessed-you-are” people, your expectation of yourself is also affected.
Because you thought that you came from a “very blessed place” you can’t help but have that tendency to presume that you are the “saviour” or “deliverer” of blessings for the “not-so-blessed” place.
Some would assume that they have the best training and experiences so they would see themselves as the “experts” and the “not-so-blessed people” need our expertise.
When you are doing ministry work it is important that you shouldn’t have the presumptions described above.
The best position is that regardless of how “not-so-blessed” you perceive the location or situation of your ministry area is, you must always believe that the Lord God has always been there ahead of you.
The primary task you need to do is to seek and find what the Lord God has done and has been doing in what you perceive as a “not-so-blessed” place.
This is very important in your step towards sincere ministry appreciation.
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