I’ve heard a few playful jabs concerning my lack of posts in recent weeks. Well there is a reason for that. I have found that blogging can be an occasion for the flesh that in the end is not profitable (which is the diplomatic way of saying sinful).
When I’m low and discouraged, it’s easy to write something, post it to a blog and then evaluate myself based upon the “traffic” that post receives. If the traffic numbers are high, I feel affirmed and easily convince myself that I am an effective minister.
However, effective ministry, Biblically defined, is when I am serving others by denying myself. Paul David Tripp has said/written that most of us are ordinary, will always be ordinary and therefore we had better learn how to live in the mundane and do so to the glory of God. Blogging is an easy way to deceive oneself that they have greater influence than they do. It is easy to spend time convincing oneself of this fact based upon a new record of “hits in a day”, or by linking to well known men and ministries and thereby proving to all that you are “in the know” and therefore influential. All the while putting aside the basin and the towel of difficult mundane ministry life which is essential for fruitfulness.
Blogging can also be an effective way to serve the Larger Body. That is my desire as I consider posting again in the future. If it can serve the Body, I’ll post. If it’s just a rant to appease my displeasure in a situation, by God’s grace I’ll take that to the prayer closet and not the world wide web. If it can build up and equip the Body, I’ll post it. But if I can identify within my heart that I’m posting something namely to show I’m in the know, by God’s grace, and hopefully your prayers, I’ll put down the laptop, and pick up the basin and the towel, and go find someone whom I’m probably ignoring who needs Jesus demonstrated through me.