Eugene Cho, pastor of Quest Church in Seattle, shared seven principles for getting involved in social justice at The Justice Conference a few weeks ago. One of the memorable things I remember him saying was “Starting a non-profit today is what starting a band in the mid-80’s and 90’s was…everyone was doing it and not very many people were good.”
For whatever ministry idea you have whether that be for an organization, business, church, mission trip or anything else you need to move prayerfully through having a strategic plan. Although, having a plan will get you nowhere if you don’t bring people along with you and share the vision. Along with that, it is important to be strategic about how and who you tell.
Nehemiah was bold enough, sad enough, strong enough to tell the king of his passion for his country and for Jerusalem. He was able to inspect the needs of the city, but this he did even secretly not to draw too much attention for himself. God granted him favor, but it did not come without opposition from evil men like Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arab.
God, give me words to share my passion with the correct people, to hold my enthusiasm in order to seek your will and give you all the glory, and to keep me from doing harm to myself or others around me.
Help sustain me against any opposition from the forces of evil in this world that are provoked by the depravity of men’s hearts, and demonic forces and principalities of darkness. You alone are God, Savior, and Counselor. I need your wisdom and protection in all my endeavors to bring you glory and share your great name throughout the world. In Jesus name, Amen.