Mark 16:20 - The mark of ministry
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked
with them, and confirmed the word by the signs that followed.
I believe the mark of true ministry is here in this verse. That is,
the Lord confirming it through His working. I don't believe this
working will necessarily be spectacular (healings, etc.), but that it
will be clear that He is orchestrating the circumstances and working in
the hearts of people.
Yet we can find it hard to let go of those ministries in which we do
not see God working. We are most comfortable with the familiar, even
if there is no life in it, anymore. But ministry should be a response
to the leading of the Holy Spirit, not our attempt to induce Him to do
what we think is a good idea or what we have always done.
Lord, we have so little time in this life, grant me the wisdom not to
waste it on my own "good ideas." Help me to hear Your voice and
respond to You in all I do, particularly my ministry involvement.