63. “Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits” (John 4:38).
As one becomes consumed with ministry activity, it is easy to forget the truth of these words. The kingdom of God didn’t begin when I arrived on the scene. Seeds have been sown, years have been given, and my moment is the continuation of usually a long line of those who’ve spent themselves so today’s successes could be found. Too many leaders try to build their ministries on the perceptions of their predecessors failures, but few of us put the first shovel in the dirt. Rather than looking for failures to exceed, we should rejoice that the ground has been tilled and seeds have sprouted we didn’t work for. Rejoice over those and you’ll end up working a healthier field.