Bible Reading: Ephesians 3:7-9
Focus Scripture: By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News. Ephesians 3:7 (NLT)
Being a disciple of Christ and serving in His kingdom is a privilege. Often times, I have heard individuals, including myself, speak of it as a burden. “Ugh, I have to prepare to minister this weekend…” or “The ministry is having an event, I don’t feel like…”
I remember, back in April, when I first started sending out devotionals, I would start to get anxious as the day was coming to a close. On my drive home from work some days I would think, “OMG another devotional has to go out in the morning, what am I going to say?” But, once I would start writing, everything would flow. The Holy Spirit would give me everything I needed.
Additionally, I remember when I was just thinking about writing devotionals, I would get that same anxious feeling. One morning, I thought, how am I going to have something to write EVERYDAY? Not too long after going back and forth, the Holy Spirit said, “you have everything you need, just write.” Today is a testament to the truth of what was spoken.
After a few days of feeling burdened by this calling, I did have to question where the overwhelming feelings stemmed from. How did I go from viewing writing devotionals as a privilege to a burden, in such a short time?
It didn’t take long for the answer to be revealed. I simply was involved in way too much. My schedule was jammed pack. What once excited me and I felt like I got a chance to do, now felt like something I had to do.
Once I started re-evaluating what was important and what God had called me to, things started to change regarding how I felt about serving Him.
How have you been viewing your service in ministry? Have you begun to consider it a burden? Has God called you to every ministry you are involved in? What does your schedule look like? Is it jammed packed and you are always on the move? Maybe you should reevaluate your involvement and see what God is speaking to you about where He has called you to. Even if He did, at one time, call you to every ministry you are involved in, everything has a season. Could the season be up for some of the things you are involved in? Our attitude should be, I don’t have to serve in God’s Kingdom, I get to serve in God’s Kingdom.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for opening my eyes to see the truth. Often times I feel overwhelmed because I am doing way too much. You never call Your children to serve to the point of exhaustion. Reveal to me everything You would have me to be involved in and allow me to walk away from everything else. God, I pray You would provide laborers to fill in the gaps where there is a need. Thank You that I get the serve in Your Kingdom. I pray this prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen!