How Do We Tell Where Our Dependence Lies?

How Do We Tell Where Our Dependence Lies? January 14, 2019

Finding our source in God alone is central for both our personal lives and our ministry. But as we live for and serve the Lord, we can sometimes lose that focus. What is the sign that we are no longer depending on the Lord, and that we are no longer broken before God? It is our attitude.

How Do We Tell Where Our Dependence Lies? - KP Yohannan - Gospel for Asia

Years ago, I used to complain about recording my radio broadcast. My life was getting painful because of lack of time, and privately I said to my wife, Gisela, “I am so sick and tired. I can’t do my radio broadcast anymore. I get up so early in the morning and then I work all day. I am emotionally drained. I wish somebody else would do it.”

Then she said to me,

“May I tell you something? You’ve been complaining about how important you are, how little time you have and how hard this job is. Don’t you understand? When you heard God’s call to lead Gospel for Asia, you gave up your teaching and preaching ministry and complained that your gift was not to live in America and teach people about missions.

But how can you forget that God, in His mercy, gave you a microphone and a world to speak to? God has a thousand people waiting in queue for one opportunity to do a better job than you are doing. But God still shows you mercy. Be careful. The work is not something to boast about or to complain about, but rather our privilege.

If you are serving the Lord with the wrong attitude, either boasting or complaining about the work, would you please receive this warning and repent?

An Opportunity to Get Back on the Right Track

In the short time of our ministry, because our growth has been so fast, I have seen God empower the young and helpless with His might and do great things through them to serve this world. At the same time, I have watched many people, who started well and depending on the Lord, fall by the wayside because they began to boast in themselves, and their hearts grew proud.

Search your heart to see if there is anything there that may be leading you down this destructive road of depending on yourself and external things rather than on God.

Ask these questions to help you see whether you are depending on the Lord:

  • Do I believe God for the results of my ministry?
  • When there is success in my ministry, do I have an absolute awareness that it happened because I trusted the Lord?
  • Do I fast and pray, waiting on God for my ministry to succeed?
  • Do I ask the Lord for the money I need for my ministry?
  • Do I have ownership of and a burden for my ministry?
Acknowledge and Repent
If you answered no to some of these questions, take a few minutes now to come before the Lord. Receive His correction and mercy, and ask Him to help you depend on Him.

Dr. KP Yohannan, founder and director of the nonprofit organization Gospel for Asia, has written more than 200 books, including Revolution in World Missions, an international bestseller with more than 4 million copies in print. He and his wife, Gisela, have two grown children, Daniel and Sarah, who both serve the Lord with their families.

Gospel for Asia is a nonprofit organization serving the “least of these” in Asia since its beginning in 1979, often in places where no one else is serving. Gospel for Asia supports national workers who are serving as the hands and feet of Christ by ministering to people’s needs so they can understand the love of God for them for the first time. Gospel for Asia is engaged in dozens of projects, such as caring for poor children, slum dwellers and widows and orphans; providing clean water by funding wells; supporting medical missions; and meeting the needs of those in leprosy colonies. Through Gospel for Asia’s Bridge of Hope Program, tens of thousands of children are being rescued from the generational curses of poverty and hopelessness.

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Read more about depending on the Lord in Dr. KP Yohannan Metropolitan’s book Dependence Upon the Lord.

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  • Jae Perez

    Praise God for wives who rebuke husbands and remind them of God’s purpose in their lives. It is so easy to complain on about anything that seem to drain our energies. But at the end of the day, we always need to remember (or be reminded) that the God who calls is also the God who enables. And while we are still in that particular season of our anointing, He will make sure that we are able to do His work. All we need to do is always be faithful in taking time to talk to Him and draw our strength and joy from Him.

  • Kim Nejudne

    Thank you for this reminder! We should, indeed, do our best to serve God and trust the results to God.

  • Landis M

    Our attitude towards the Lord is a big determinant about where out true motives are. For example, we can do everything we normally do with God like pray and go to church, but if we do it with a bad attitude then it becomes a checklist. This is not what God wants, instead He gives us a choice to follow Him for a reason. He gives us this choice because He wants us to want to follow Him, not feel forced. Once we find this right attitude towards God, then we can be truly one with Him.

  • Rachel Saavedra

    I agree! A change of attitude does wonders! And our own efforts will always be limited which is why we need to constantly be dependent on the Lord because he never fails.