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Who’s responsible for your Ministry Breakthrough?

Are you frustrated with a lack of breakthrough in your ministry or calling?

The LORD is most probably unconcerned!

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1)

Do not fear if your efforts to gain a high profile have failed. Whatever the LORD wants of you, He will ensure it happens. Some of us, I firmly believe, may never be recognised by other people. Even some in ministry, who seek earnestly to fulfil the Call of Yehovah, creator and sustainer of the universe, believing their message urgently needs to be heard by those surrounding them, fail to get a broadcast; and yet, they are more likely to be seen by GOD in Heaven, than those with a ‘successful’ platform by the world’s standards.

That may seem unfair, on both sides:

  1. Some will have spent their lives in world wide ministry, sacrificing every moment, to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth. Will they not have their intimacy with the Father for eternity?
  2. Some will have tried to do the above and failed miserably to find their audience. Must they die in frustration?

The Father has sovereignty over all things. Why wouldn’t he allow all of us to find our audience and preach to all who will listen?


Some need the pruning that a life of surrender brings, more than the breakthrough.

For others, though they will have had their breakthrough on earth, they may not now – nor ever will be – close to Him.

Of course there are those who have success in the world and will reign close to the Father forever too. I think those must be amazing people; what marvellous individuals they must be…. to require little pruning and maintain all modesty, humility, faithfulness and grace.

To the rest of us, and I include myself in the group that requires on-going pruning, I am not sure we’ll see our breakthrough this side of eternity. But let us not worry. Our reward on earth is continued faithfulness (for Faith is a gift from GOD), the assurance of our salvation, receipt of His ongoing forgiveness, and the knowledge of His grace.

By Dr Sarah Tun

Dr Sarah Tun began her professional career as a teacher. Years later she became a performing artist and administrator to property development. She felt the Call to write full time in 2004. Dr Sarah has traveled extensively, and lived in New York City (for a year), London England (for a long time) and Hong Kong (briefly) before returning to her home in Ontario, Canada, then to Spain and finally now, has re-settled in her adoptive home of England. She graduated with degrees in Drama, Education and diplomas in Acting and Theology. Most recently she was awarded Honorary Doctor of Ministry and became ordained. Her favourite experience to date has been following her Creator and Lord. She doesn't think Life can get any better! Dr Sarah Tun is author, singer, preacher, writing coach and all-round enthusiast, celebrating and seeking to inspire all of us to quench our thirst for deeper intimacy with God through the Holy Spirit.

2 replies on “Who’s responsible for your Ministry Breakthrough?”

That was certainly a beautiful, thoughtful, and relevant (on so many levels) post, Sarah. I don’t consider myself an energetic Christian, craving craving God’s approval. I certainly am not getting it on this worldly end, either. I think I approach the subject of spiritual confusion in my most recent post on

I think we might come together nicely on a future blog. I’d like to interview you on the subject of Faith and Authority. We can work out the details if you are interested, but that should perhaps be handled by email. My email address is: I do think it will have more viewership if done before Christmas, but give me your thoughts on it. And I certainly understand if you have too many coals in the fire.

As we approach Christmas, Sarah, may I wish you a Blessed Holy Day, filled with all the joys of the season.


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