There was a time while I was growing up when we had an aquarium and I remember learning something very interesting about fish. An individual fish will only grow to be as big as the space allotted to it allows. Fish have a space buffer. Let’s say you have a 30 gallon tank and you fill it with 10 fish. Now let’s say you have another 30 gallon tank and fill it with 5 of the same kind of fish. The fish in the tank with only 5 fish will grow bigger than the fish in the tank with 10. Why? Because a fish can only grow as big as its parameters will allow.
Let’s look at the ministry field with the same principle. We all have our ministry fields. We all have our callings. Let’s say our calling is to minister to a specific group of people and through our ministry, as it is in most ministries, those people will grow into whatever their ministry is going to be when they become leaders. But are we reducing their space buffer? If we limit the experiences of those in our service to only be within the parameters of our personal ministry, they will only grow to possibly fill our shoes one day. Maybe God’s plan for them is bigger than our shoes. Maybe God’s plan for them takes them out of our city. Maybe God’s plan for them takes them out of our country. Maybe God’s plan for them takes them beyond our understanding and reach.
Are we showing them enough of the BIG PICTURE that one day they will be able to find their place in it?