9-10 So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.
Galatians 6:9-10, The Message
Some of us have become tired of serving and helping people.
This weariness and burdens are not from the Lord. They usually come from the Enemy to get you out of trusting God. This happens when you stop seeing yourself as God sees you. When you have forgotten who you are and whose you are in Christ, you will quickly fall to the temptation to quit.
Quitting contradicts everything God made you to be in Christ.
You are God’s masterpiece in Christ Jesus, created for every good work. But when you allow ministry to define your identity, you are letting how others think affect you more than how God perceives you.
When your identity is wrapped up in your ministry, it is easy for negative attitudes to take over. You may see the worst in people and not believing the best about them. In the process, you may become cynical of everyone and everything and may slowly stop caring. If this is you, then it is time for you to reconnect with the gospel.
Jesus invites you to rest in Him.
Rest produces faith and faith leads to a life of restful obedience.
When you served out of restful obedience to what God has called you to do, you will surely experience His provision both personally and for the ministry. Hudson Taylor once said: “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.”
Find your place in the gospel again. Then you will realise ministry is not about how much you do but how much you do with the love of God in and through you.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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