As a young worship leader, one of the hardest things for me to see is my music ministry fall apart. We have been going through a time where things weren’t working out for the best, and I actually had to let someone go today. It’s frustrating because you have a vision, but God seems to take it in another direction. Something you either didn’t intend or it seems worse. The important thing is that we submit to the work God is doing, especially if that work is ministry.
Jesus tells us in John’s gospel, “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” (John 15:1-2 NLT). God works within our lives and ministries in order to make them better. He is never satisfied with what we can produce and wants it to be better.
It may seem like everything is falling apart. There are many times I’ve said to my wife “My praise team is falling apart!” But the truth is that things aren’t falling apart. God is simply removing the things that don’t work, so that the things that do can be improved. Our lives are meant to bear fruit for Him. That could be simply living a life for Him, or as difficult as seeking out people to bring to Him. Either way, God has given us our lives and work. We should strive to do them better in His name. So when things look like they are going wrong, I say that God is working to make things right again. So let it all fall apart. When it comes back together, it will be better than ever.