Have you ever been asked why you got into tech ministry? It’s a question that can often lead us down memory lane, reflecting on the early days when our dreams and aspirations were taking shape. In my case, I knew from a young age that my future was intertwined with technology that served the church. Although unsure about the path that lay ahead, I held onto the belief that working in the church was my calling. However, as time passed, I encountered moments of doubt and rocky experiences that made me question my abilities and motivations. Perhaps many of you can relate. Whether you started as a volunteer or turned it into your full-time job, it’s essential to reflect on the reasons that initially fueled your passion for tech ministry.
Growing up, I had a deep passion for mountain biking. I invested heavily in my equipment and honed my skills on challenging trails. But as life progressed, my interests shifted, and other responsibilities took center stage. The desire to pursue mountain biking gradually faded, and the investment I once made seemed distant. In many ways, this story parallels the journey of my involvement in tech ministry. Over time, the initial fervor can wane, and we find ourselves wondering if it has become merely a job. We must confront this question: Have we forgotten the burning passion that ignited our desire to serve?
For me, the turning point came as I contemplated the story of two disciples walking to the town of Emmaus in the Gospel of Luke. Unbeknownst to them, they were joined by Jesus himself, who concealed his identity until their eyes were opened and they recognized him. What struck me was their remark in verse 32: “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” These words resonated deeply, as I recognized the need to reclaim that burning passion for ministry that had once consumed me.
In the biblical account, these two disciples, overwhelmed with excitement, immediately ran back to Jerusalem, roughly a seven-mile journey, to share the news with the other disciples. They couldn’t contain themselves; their hearts were burning with the truth. This sense of urgency and fervor is what we should strive to recapture in our own lives.
Although I don’t possess all the answers, I firmly believe that overcoming feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt is within our power. Just as Christ shared truth from scripture with the two disciples, he can do the same for us if we walk with him. We can seek refuge in the knowledge that Christ never gives up on us, even when we feel defeated. In times of struggle, we can turn to others for support, whether it’s a trusted friend, a pastor, or even ourselves. We must not allow negativity to brew within us but instead engage in conversations that breathe life and seek wisdom from the scriptures.
In the final verse of the Emmaus story, after the two disciples shared their experience, Jesus appeared to all the disciples and greeted them with the words, “Peace be with you.” This peace, bestowed upon us by Christ, is an invaluable gift that reminds us of the enduring hope we have in our journey of ministry.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
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