Restoring Joy in Ministry
The winter of 2018 seems like it doesn't want to end. This spring's weather has been cold and rainy, feeling more like late winter than a prelude to summer. Sometimes we get like that — as if spiritual renewal can't break free from a lingering lifelessness. Our spiritual batteries get run down, and we have no joy in ministry.
One reason why we sometimes lack joy in ministry is because of a lack of direction and purpose. Someone once said,
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Someone else once said,
If you have no target, you'll hit it every time. Without a sense of purpose and direction, we can easily get discouraged because we feel like our life is going nowhere. Fortunately, God has a plan for our lives. God told the people of Israel:
“ I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.1 We can have joy in ministry when we know we are part of God's plan and that we are working with God to build his kingdom. When we have a sense of purpose and direction for our efforts, we can see where we're going and can rejoice as we see God working in our ministry. The Apostle Paul said,
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. 1 Corinthians 15:58.
Another reason why we sometimes lack joy is because we have allowed ourselves to drift away from the Lord. Our prayer times are short and lifeless. Our Bible reading has become monotonous, and we don't walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. We can't manufacture joy. True joy only comes from the Spirit of God. We need to be filled with the Spirit so that God can fill us with joy. The Bible says,
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23. Let's seek God and ask him to fill us with his Spirit so that we can experience his love, and joy, and peace.
Seeking God to fill me with his joy and power,
Pastor Steve LorenzMay 14th, 2018
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