You don’t have forever to minister to people

I am saddened by what I write, for I thought God was truly leading me in a certain direction only for one day to change everything. In late July, I wrote a piece, the second installment of a series regarding God’s work in my work.

Earlier in the month I penned a piece about how God gave me a sense of assurance and purpose in the midst of my miserable working experience. A main source of grievance was how the company was treating my friend. As I explained, a bad situation landed him in a tough financial situation. I also came to the epiphany that the Lord was keeping me at my job because of my friend. God was and is at work.

The second installment, I detailed how this friend of mine received much needed assistance with housing, divorce, and other basic needs in what seemed like a mending of his familial relationships. My prayers had been answered, and I saw God giving me a chance to do what he had me at the company for. Read about the powerful lesson I learned in the link above.

However within days of publishing that piece, there was an incident at work. I do not want to go into details, but there was an incident at an innocent Firehouse Subs. I dismissed my friend for the day and we had a falling out. To my shame, I have not spoken to him since. But I have kept tabs on him. It’s quite sad, almost pathetic, what’s become of him and his quest for YouTube stardom. I can respect the grind of someone starting out, but his stories about his life, what he shows at least, show a decay. He’s exploiting his own alcoholism for double digit views.

In sharp contrast, in the months following, the company hired someone else who I befriended. Some people are far away from God, like most people I worked with here. Others, like my first friend mentioned here, think they are closer to God than they actually are. This guy says close to giving his heart to Jesus.

I had given the company my two weeks, a rarity among those who quit. And he asked me about my faith. But my final week, I was reassigned unable to pick up where I left off. I have since been praying for the both of them. God called me to leave that job, ending that face to face, along with ending a face to face with any other person there.

I’m not quick to minister to people around me. For me, it takes time, establishing a reputation and that reputation leading to ministry, hooray sanctification. Other people are not like this. But if you are, it’s important to keep in mind that we do not have forever practice evangelism on the people in our lives.


Raymond Fava is the Founder of Startup Christ and the founder of EcoEats, Inc. EcoEats crafts exotic jerkies using unique flavors. To see their selection, click here.

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