Fish grow according to their tank.. do you?

Two days ago I received a 8 inch oscar for my 40 gallon tank. I love it. However, my wife feels like the fish is to big for the tank. Which in someways may be true. The fish would have never grown to that size in that tank. He was raised in an outside fountain. So when he, referring to fish, was put in the tank he didn’t really move much because he felt like he was to big for his tank.

This reminded me of the verse in Jeremiah 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses?

Lessons from Oscar  

#1 Don’t act like you are too big for your tank. I do not want to be that guy! I do not want to be the Youth Pastor who secretly thinks he is to big for his position. I honestly feel overwhelmed by the fact that the Lord and the church allows me to be in the ministry. I have seen many people feel like they where to big of a fish for the tank they are in. So they get out and flop! (pun intended)

#2  Do not let the size of your tank limit your growth. Youth ministry is no means a small tank. I do not believe that going from youth ministry to adult ministry is progressive.I believe it is a change of direction of ministry but not a promotion. So, maybe you have a youth group of 5,10, or 50 and you feel equipped to handle that group. You may think by the time your youth group grows to 100 then you will be ready for them. However, it would be much better and biblical for you to be ready for 100 before you youth ministry gets there.

Either you are a minister of the Gospel and you stand between the living and the dead or you are a hireling who is there to maintain a ministry you have been given.If you are the first of the two… then let’s grow together. Forget about how big you think you tank is. You have a ministry to the world and God has given you 5,10, 20 or 100 students to train to help you as strive to make disciples of every nation.

About the author

Trent serves as an Associate Pastor at Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. He writes, speaks, and helps lead events that encourage people to "pioneer" in the work of sending.

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