Last Sunday while here in Saskatoon I was stood up. I had scheduled some time at DQ to visit with and come to know a young man whom I had trained recently in evangelism and street witnessing. He was a “no show”. So, because I still had another later appointment and then a meeting before driving home, I simply sat and read a book. It was a good read. But, I could have had a tighter schedule and arrived back home by 10 p.m. instead of 12:30 a.m.
However, it got me to thinking. I do that once in a while. It’s good for me. Things are changing in the Church world. I have discipled and mentored numerous people over the 35 years of my ministry. It’s a joy to teach younger people what I know about the Kingdom and the King. It is a great honor to train them in the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit, show them wonderful revelation truths in the Bible, take them overseas on mission trips. Just a serious joy and a calling upon my life and ministry from the Lord Himself.
But, after being stood up by this young man – who simply forgot that we had set and agreed upon this time together (indicating that he placed little value on this meeting and my time) I got to thinking. Yes, several thoughts in the same day. This could be contagious and dangerous.
During the previous week I had been stood up at least three times. Happens more frequently these days than I would care to admit to myself. People asking for time with me and then not showing up.
Another thought as I eventually drove home that night: I am doing almost all the initiating and contacting of the various young people I am discipling and mentoring (and I am older and busier than they are).
Question: Of the thirty men who have been prophetically called out by international prophetic voices as five-fold ministers and through prophetic words connected to me and my ministry for me to disciple and mentor – how many are hungry enough to pursue their calling, contact me, and even support my ministry financially in some way so that I would be less busy travelling and ministering so as to have time to be with them?
Answer: None but one!
Question: Why am I chasing them as if they have something to offer me? They should be initiating and contacting me and keeping appointments because I have something they need.
Decision: I’m here and available. Want help in understanding your calling, being equipped to do what the Lord has called you to do, and trained in the practicals of ministry – give me a call! No more chasing. No more doing all the contacting – this one-way relational street. Time for the young people to become active and responsible for their own development and callings. More than willing to help and pour my life into these young men but – it is time they stood up to the plate and got in the game. Hope they do! Doubt they will!
Had supper on Monday with one young man – professor at a Bible college – who has also had a number of prophetic words to connect with me and be mentored into his calling as an apostle. Great supper – terrific conversation. Good sharing of hearts. The relationship grew as we came to know each other better. Several follow-up emails about insights we had into our relationship. A breath of fresh air. At least there is one of the 30+ young men that I am not having to chase.