A QUESTION OF MOTIVES

1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24

Burnout isn’t a problem only in the workplace. Many times, people involved in full- or part-time Christian ministry experience the same feelings of stress and depletion of emotional and physical energy. Why? They may be the victims of a misunderstanding about the true nature of service. However, when you keep in mind a few key principles, you’ll avoid some common burnout pitfalls.

The Holy Spirit empowers you to do what God has called you to do. If you fall into the personal performance trap, it won’t be long until you run out of resources. Read John 14-17 for a deeper understanding of how God works through you to accomplish His purposes. The Holy Spirit gives you guidance, comfort, and confidence.

You cannot serve God and yourself at the same time. Some believers confuse selfish motivations with God’s. Working for a church or ministry organization becomes an end in itself, with glory and recognition or power as the real incentives. And it’s not just so-caled powerful people who are guided by personal gain. It can be the person doing minor tasks too. Ask God to sift through your motives as you grow and to reveal any false ones.

The Lord—not people—is the object of serve. If you’re working for the good of others, you’ll soon be disappointed. Your real employer is Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:23-24)

Dear Lord, may You be the object of my service instead of people. You are my real employer.

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