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It is easy in ministry to give so much that you wake up one day and feel you have nothing else to give.

Have you ever felt like your well has run dry or there is nothing left in your cup to pour out? If we say yes to everything, we lose the opportunity to give our best to anything.

I’ve certainly had those days in ministry. It’s one of the reasons I’m a firm believer that one of the best things you can do for others starts with investing in yourself.

If you neglect this, you will neglect some of your greatest opportunities for fruitful ministry.

Here are four ways you can invest in yourself from a post I did on Lifeway Pastors.

 

 

All throughout life and ministry, we face moments that make us think “Why bother?” You take a stand in your world, and it seems to have no effect. You pray for an unsaved or wayward loved one, but there is no change. You spend a lot of time and effort investing in someone who turns against you. You pray and labor but there seems to be no increase in your ministry.

You are tempted to quit.

In Luke 5, Peter had an instance where it seems that nothing made a difference and he wasn’t getting any return. He fished all night and caught nothing! I’m sure he thought, “Why Bother?”

Luke 5:5 says,

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night & haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets. 

True fishermen don’t quit.

Galatians 6:9 says,

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.

Is God asking you to do something that others think is crazy? Is God asking you to keep going when others say it’s time to quit?

Here are three reasons to keep going in ministry today. The full post I shared on Lifeway Pastors Blog.

 

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All throughout life we face things that make us say “Why Bother?”

– You take a stand in your world, and it seems to have no effect.

– You pray for an unsaved or wayward loved one, but there is no change.

– You spend a lot of time & effort seeking to help someone who turns against you.

– You do good to someone, & there is no return.

– You strive to keep a testimony before an unsaved mate who only grows more difficult as time goes by.

– Or even when it comes to daily tasks of emptying the dishwasher or washing clothes. It can get so exhausting that we begin to say – “why even bother any more?!”

In Luke 5, Peter had an instance where it seems that nothing made a difference and he was getting no where.

He fished all night and caught nothing! I’m sure he thought, “Why Bother?”

Luke 5:5 says, “Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night & haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets. 

The phrase that makes all the difference – BECAUSE YOU SAY SO.

If I had fished all night & caught nothing, I would be selling my nets, not washing them to get ready to go out again!

True fishermen DON’T QUIT.

Doing this went against everything Peter had been trained to do. Jesus was asking him to do something that didn’t make sense and others thought was crazy but he did it any way.

Peter knew something that we forget. When our Master says to do something, the best response is – BECAUSE YOU SAY SO I will trust and obey.

You will NEVER regret putting God FIRST.

Luke 5:6 says, “When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.”

FAITH is the bridge between what is and what could be.

WHEN they had done so.” Not when they prayed so, or believed so, or thought so, or argued so.

The miracle didn’t happen until Peter took action!

Verse seven says, “So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come & help them, & they came & filled both boats so FULL that they began to sink.

God steps in when we step out.

Keep throwing the net out. Keep building what He’s called you to build.

God is in the net breaking, boat sinking, life transforming, and miracle working business!

Why Bother? BECAUSE HE SAID SO.

WHEN you do so, don’t be surprised when God steps in to do the impossible.

Nehemiah was sent to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem and he was hit with all kinds of distractions that could have kept him from his mission. In the midst of those distractions, He made a powerful statement, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down.” (Nehemiah 6:3) This resolve led him to finish the work in fifty-two days.

We must have resolve that we won’t let that which ultimately means nothing keep us from that which means everything! Some of the greatest “demonic” attacks aren’t with red horns and a pitchfork. They come in the form of everyday distractions.

Check out the THREE Distractions we must overcome to stay on the Wall and keep building what God has told us to build.

I had the privilege to share a post on Lifeway Pastors today. Here is an excerpt from that post:

“Ministry is a marathon not a sprint.” I’ve heard those words often. I’m sure you have too.

I have friends who run marathons regularly. Their training is relentless but their pace is methodical. They know how important PACE is to finish the marathon. In the midst of DOING ministry, it’s easy to forget the PACE needed to sustain us IN ministry.

Here are four ways to make sure your PACE won’t sustain you in ministry:

1) Neglect Your Marriage.

Don’t go on regular dates. Expect your marriage will always be as you left it. Assume being around each other is as good as time connecting with each other.

2) Hold On To Offenses.

Even though Jesus was betrayed, pretend it will never happen to you. Hold on to grudges. Expect people to always ask you to forgive them for what they’ve done to you. Whatever you do, don’t release it.

3) Don’t Take A Day Off.

Pretend if you take a day off everything will fall apart. Convince yourself if you work a little longer, ministry will actually be finished for that day. Convince your family that this is a “season” and you won’t always be this busy.

4) Believe It All Depends On You.

Carry every burden. Don’t pray much. Worry a lot. Stress out about every decision to be made.

Check out the remainder of the post here on how to correct these above and SET the right PACE…

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