Some things are just not safe for your eyes to focus upon. That’s where the beauty of transition lenses come in.
Transition lenses have been available on the market for many years. They actually have the beauty of proven science behind them. More than just sun protection, transition lenses are able to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of UV light and other lights that are associated with causing migraines.
Why am I talking about transition lenses? It’s not that I actually own a pair of prescription transition lenses. But now that I think about it, I wish I did.
I began to think about them because I am in the midst of a ministry transition. From my observations of others and my personal experiences, I know that ministry transitions can be an uncomfortable faith-filled time of stretching. Even when done under the sovereign will of God, they can be mentally and physically exhausting.
The key to making it through the transitional phase is in making use of spiritually focused transition lenses. They provide the protection we need from the opinions and selfishness of others. Ministry transition lenses help us maintain the right vision.
There will always be those around you who will question your motives. Too often, people just can’t seem to resist allowing their imagination to travel south. They go negative and assume things that aren’t true. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of guessing, people just asked a few questions to better understand your heart and vision?
Then there are those who might feel they know better than you and your ability to follow the voice of the Holy Spirit. Their own selfishness, perhaps even based on a great appreciation of you, can cloud their understanding of God’s will. Love them anyway.
Ministry transition lenses will help you see that the Kingdom of God is not about eating and drinking. That is to say, your Kingdom assignments are not solely based upon the material security. The Kingdom of God is based upon the King’s desire to promote righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit through you.
My ministry experience has always gone like this. When I stay focused on building His Kingdom, He will see to my provisions.
Ministry transition lenses will help you see that the Kingdom of God is far greater than you previously thought. It’s bigger and more important than our denominational affiliations and organizational loyalties.
I believe in both of these strongly. However, I recognize that my highest membership and citizenship is with the Kingdom of Heaven. As an ambassador of the King, I must be focused on colonizing for His Kingdom while journeying from here to there. Ultimately, my supreme loyalty is to the King of my heart at whose leisure I serve.
Ministry transition lenses help you see that Jesus Christ is building His Church. As the Master Builder, He is also the Master of Human Resources. And as the songwriter of old said, “Where He leads me, I will follow” (Ernest Blandy).
More than anything, I am responsible for being sure that my Lord is satisfied with me, even when others are not. Said scripturally, I am responsible to “seek first the Kingdom of God”(Matthew 6:33).
Here’s what my ministry transition looks like. I’m in the process of stepping out of an administrative leadership position for my denomination’s headquarters where I have been truly blessed to learn, grow, and serve for seven years. I’m in the process of stepping into the role of lead pastor of a local church in the sunshine state.
It’s not a demotion or a promotion. The Kingdom of God does not work like that. You should resist applying that type of worldly ranking to the Body of Christ. In the Church, we submit one to another as the situation and need arises. But we are never to act in domination over another human being.
Ministry transition is about merely being obedient to the call of God. From season to season it will take different shapes as you serve in various roles. But you can see with the help of your transition lenses that we are all working together for one Kingdom.
“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17).