So why am I serving again?
Do you ever feel like you’re serving in vain?
Do feel like you just can’t serve another day?
You’re burned out and can barely remember why you even do what you do.
Ministry is tough, but you need to stick it out. Stay strong.
Don’t give up.
We are all in Christian ministry
Before I move on what do I mean by Christian ministry?
What I mean by Christian ministry is that as a born-again believer you do whatever you do as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 10:31).
So whether you’re a
- Truck driver
- School teacher
- Factory lineworker
- Police officer
- or any other employment
You do it as if you’re working for the Lord… because you are.
How to keep serving even when you think you can’t
1 Corinthians 15:10 (NIV) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
Christians ministry is tough.
And the only way you can stay in it for the long haul, the only way you can do it for Christ is by God’s grace.
There’s no other way to do it. It doesn’t matter how good you are. Paul didn’t brag about his ability to pull through or his crazy resilience to stand in difficult situations.
Sure you can still be doing the job but is it a ministry or just a job? If you are doing it in your own strength and for your own purposes than it stops being a ministry.
Paul boasted and bragged that he could, not only serve but, outserve all of “them” because he depended on God’s grace for the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal. 5:22-23) that He needed to do what God had called him to do.
That’s the only way you will be able to serve when you think you can’t.
Why you keep serving even when you think you can’t
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV) Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Nothing is wasted. Nothing will be in vain.
- late night
- tear cried
- act of generosity
- act of kindness
- meal cooked
- lost minute of sleep worrying
- early morning
- ounce of energy you pour into it
All of it will be worth it one day.
You might feel like you’re missing out on something but nothing will ever compare to what awaits those who put their trust in Jesus.
You might feel like no one even notices what you’re doing because it doesn’t really even seem like you’re doing much but God sees everything that you do and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you (Matt. 6:4).
So you keep serving because you do it for God and not for the approval or applause of people. And your labor in the Lord is not in vain.