As a child, I always wanted to finish my dinner quickly so I can have a large serving of dessert or evening snacks. During holiday seasons, my favorite snacks were marshmallows. I would try and limit my dinner portion so I would not be full for dessert, but that never worked well with my mom. In my older years, I maintained those same practices; not intentionally, but it was ingrained in my lifestyle. This reminds me of ministry development and as I began to reflect on my experiences as well as others, the same principle of sweetness was relevant.
There are many elements within ministry development that require the meat of the word as well as vegetation for healthy growth. Many times, because we are impatient, we prefer the sweetness of ministry rewards without fully digesting the meat and vegetables. Ministry development not only requires patience, but a different bite into the word. Proper vegetation flushes the system of an individual and cleanses while chewing the meat. Without the protein of power and purpose, your nutritional value will surely lack and your strength will wither.
One cannot survive in ministry on a diet of goodies and accolades. Take time and eat the meat and vegetables. Be patient, because if you are not used to substance, you may experience side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, headaches and vomiting until you adjust to the strong taste of meat. When an individual accepts kingdom development, the body will reject the first few meals initially; this creates false health alerts and concerns. This is normal; just keep eating the meat with your meals, but remember to eat slowly. The digestive process will take some time.
I always advise individuals to stay calm and not be concerned with the sugar withdrawals; receiving feedback not full of sugar and additives to your ears is difficult; especially if you are not used to criticism and critique. Typically one may experience headaches from hearing truth and vision may become blurred as adjustments are made internally. You may wrongfully assess feedback as an external attack. More often than not, the sugar has hardened inside of your being. Meat does not digest well with walls of sugar and sweeteners. It is important to eat fresh vegetables for the flushing and cleansing of internal walls from the build up of foolishness. So, be patient . . . ministry development requires break down before build up. It may not be what you want, but you need it to maintain a healthy body.