Book 2.4 -Show Him the Money
from The One Minute Minister: Restoring Spirituality to Time Management
“Let’s talk about our careers as pastors,” the One Minute Minister said. “When we woke up and realized that we had a call to the ministry, we were excited to be doing God’s work and working for God. Our calling was a beacon that led us in a direction. Our goal was to please God and fulfill our calling. And then what happened?”
“They told us to go to a seminary,” the minister said.
“Exactly; what a subtle shift in the goal, but it took us off course. Now we had a new course: finish seminary. And how do we do that?”
When he looked blank, Angel supplied the answer: “Please the professors.”
“And this change of course led to another after graduation. We were sent to a small church, eager to prove ourselves by doing what?”
“Please the people!” Bill interjected.
“Exactly. And how do you please the people?”
“You do it their way,” the minister said.
“You lose your job.”
“So here is the new course: please everybody. And how many people is it possible for one minister to please?”
“In seminary they said that you needed more staff to serve a church of more than 100 in average worship attendance.”
“And how many people do you have now?”
“Close to 200,” the minister said proudly.
“You must be good at this job of pleasing people. So how does it feel, racing from one person to another, trying to please all of them?”
“So the meaning of on course has been changing all these years, to where now to be on course means to please all your people. How long has it been, honestly, since your only goal was to please God?”
“Years,” the minister admitted.
“What would happen if you stopped trying to please everybody and set a course to please God?”
“I would lose everything I’ve worked for all these years.”
“Ah! Not necessarily so,” the One Minute Minister said, “but it feels like that, doesn’t it? But at the same time, isn’t there a part of you that dreams of exactly that? Doing some other work? Aren’t you already fantasizing of letting go of it all anyway? Isn’t it becoming too great a burden to carry?”
“Yes,” the minister admitted.
“So, what does this mean, when Jesus says to us: Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest to your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
“It’s not that easy.”
“Oh, but it is. You were called to pull the yoke of Christ, and you have all you need to pull that yoke, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Over the years you have taken upon yourself many other yokes; they are the problem. Remove them one by one – and with as little fuss as possible – and you will find that you have returned to your original calling: to please God.”
“It sounds too good to be true.”
“It’s what being a One Minute Minister means to me: one minute at a time, I yield myself to God, then seek to learn and do what pleases Jesus Christ. That’s my primary course correction.”
The One Minute Minister took his hand and looked him in the eyes. “Are you ready for something different?”
The minister nodded.
“We can help, act as guides,” the One Minute Minister said, “but are you willing to do the work necessary to change?”
“Yes.” The minister was certain that he wanted a change.
“OK. Remember your calling.” The One Minute Minister rose to go to another table. “He’s ready. Show him the money.”
QUESTIONS FOR MEDITATION, JOURNALING OR GROUP DISCUSSION:
Who are you trying to please? Make a list.
What would happen if you stop trying to please everybody and set a course to please God?
How long has it been since your ONLY goal was to please God?
Do you believe that God puts heavy burdens on you or on other people to carry? Or easy burdens?
What is the view you have about God’s expectations of you say about your image of God? The harsh demanding God that is never satisfied? A lazy God who does not pay attention to you? A loving God that the balances task with ability? What is your image of God?
We all have multiple yokes in the form of roles and responsibilities. Take some time list your “yokes” in the form of roles and responsibilities that you carry.