Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”
rou·tine /ro͞oˈteen/ (noun)
1. a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program. Synonyms: procedure, practice, pattern, drill, regime, regimen, groove
Routines can be very beneficial to our lives, especially when they develop into healthy habits (e.g. brushing your teeth daily, exercising regularly, daily prayer and Bible study, etc). Some routines can, however, progress to the point of becoming ritualistic, which often leads to the development of ruts in our lives. A rut can be defined as “a habit or pattern of behavior that has become dull and unproductive but is hard to change.”
In ministry, ruts and rituals can be dangerous, even deadly. As the above definition states, they can lead to unproductivity and dullness. The key to keeping things productive, fresh, and on the right track is to stay in abiding fellowship with the Lord. As Warren Wiersbe has said, “Ministry happens when divine resources meet human needs through loving channels to the glory of God.” It is God who possesses the resources that people need. It is God who has prepared the ministry opportunities beforehand for us. It is God who equips us to perform those works.
An example of seeking God for new ministry opportunities and keeping things fresh is the Spotswood High School FCA Campus Huddle. For years, they have met bi-monthly on Thursday mornings for times of prayer, worship, fellowship, and teaching. A few months ago, they began praying about what it would look like to host an afternoon Huddle in addition to the regular morning offering. The picture is the result of those prayers. Approximately 30 students showed up, most of them new to the Huddle, and 6 of them responded to the gospel that was presented! Praise the Lord for “new things”!