Being in full-time ministry can be quite challenging. There are certain pitfalls to avoid to ensure you are remaining spiritually healthy.
Recently I found myself in a couple of these pitfalls. I had just spent the last year and a half reorganizing our On Track children’s class, putting on a conference to cast the new vision, and raising up a talented woman to be the director. Whew! After delegating all the responsibilities to her over those last few weeks I felt empty and unfulfilled.
Do you know what I did? I began searching for another ministry outlet immediately. In those 18 months, I was used to receiving clear direction from God. I enjoyed seeing progress and lives impacted for Jesus. Why not keep going?
But I realized something was wrong. I wasn’t being as effective.
The good thing about the Father is that He shows us where we’re “off.” He gently showed me I was:
- squeezing out every last drop pouring into others before recharging
- being fulfilled solely by ministry instead of by a personal relationship with God
He reminded me that I needed to eat from His hand for awhile.
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103, KJV
I’ve learned that if I’m going to serve in ministry, I need to avoid ministry pitfalls. I need to walk in the balance of staying filled up on His wonderful Word.
How has your effectiveness been altered by spiritual pitfalls?