I pray for you often as I recognize that the trials, ups and downs, and the challenges among the observable blessings attempt to toss you about in the sea of ministry. Your faith journey has been a joy to watch as God has illustrated once again His mighty hand at work at using the most unlikely tools – us – for His Kingdom work.
I thank God often for you. You are a chosen, loved, and cherished prize for the Savior. Keep up the faith with white-hot fervor as you lean into and completely onto the Spirit for sustaining and enabling consistency for the prize to which He waits to give you in eternity.
I pray that you find spiritual nourishment in the Spirit and from His Word. Use it as a marker and ultimate guideline for all matters of life. Your own competency and abilities tend to outrun your constant dependence upon the foundational source of life.
I pray that your level of leadership will be evidenced in those who follow after you once you – like me – are gone. Joshua was a great leader but only after a long time watching everything Moses went through. Never forget that when Moses left the tent of meeting it was Joshua who took his place – he followed then stayed back in the tent of meeting with his God. The quality of Moses’ leadership is echoed in Joshua’s subsequent leadership. Who is your Joshua? My Timothy, the validity of ministry is not ideological, but in the immediate spiritual needs and interactions with people. Jesus did not die for an ideal. Ensure that you serve people not just a theologically lofty ideal, but as an irremovable calling from Jesus to be an undershepherd of His flock.
Finally, remember that you do not fight a battle that you can always see – and thank God for that. The enemy of our Savior seeks to destroy and you have been stung by many of his fiery darts from within and from without. While you may not be able to see, you can trust that God is working out His eternal plan. While we both know He wins in the same manner He created – by voicing His will, take courage in allowing Him to write His story in your life.
I look forward to sitting next to you in eternity as we gather at the wedding supper and hearing more of your stories. I dearly look forward to praising our Savior for eternity next to the host of believers who are the fruit of many laborers labors – the ministry.
See you soon!