My soul absolutely sings when I serve Him now. In fact, as I type these words I have tears of joy flowing down my face and it’s all because He is pouring into and out of me as I pour into others.
Some Things to Consider When Serving in Outside Ministries
- The use of your spiritual gifts should be the primary aspect of ministry. The use of your talents and skills should be secondary. For some, your spiritual gifts may even be your talents and skills. For others, this may not be the case, (this situation would describe me). My giftings are to encourage and equip, but I do not have the skill set to write, that is, according to 2 college universities that failed me in their writing courses. However, regardless of what the institutions had to say, I’ve come to the conclusion that once again the Lord is much wiser. I have learned that it is best and spiritually wonderful to have your spiritual giftings take the lead when you are serving in the name of the Lord. And I’ll give no thought to the grammar and punctuation police, thank you very much!
- If you find yourself using just your talents and skills in order to serve the Lord, then don’t be surprised when you experience burnout. God gave you spiritual gifts for a reason. When you use them, you’ll blossom spiritually, because it is Christ who is coming out of you. Serving Him in your area of giftedness will also cause you to be spiritually uplifted and refreshed. I know that doesn’t make much logical sense, but, hey, we’re talking spiritual things here, okay.
- Here’s a simple gauge to help you: You should be spiritually thriving, not merely surviving in said ministry.
- If you’re becoming bitter in ministry, then it’s time to take a step back, pray, reevaluate your situation, and maybe make some changes.
If you’re not sure what your spiritual gifts are, you can discover them here.
Next, I’ll share how my heart was shattered in ministry.
If you missed my prior posts in this series you can read them here.
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