Life is busy. Work is busy. And so is being in vocational ministry.
Take an honest assessment of your life. And think of how you would answer the following questions?
What most determines your value as a person?
Do you find your value or worth most by what you do?
How much of your overwork is tied to your self-worth & value?
What are you trying to prove? Who are you trying to impress?
Take an inventory at your work schedule: what values and priorities does it reveal?
Where is your security; is it in Christ or may it be in something else?
Who are you when no one is looking? Who are you really?
Do you have a need to be needed? Are you using ministry or your job to fill an empty need?
Recognize Your Identity.
You matter to God not because you’re a leader or a hard-working business man. You matter to God not because you’re a pastor. You matter to God not because of what you do for him. You’re valuable simply because of who you are in Christ. Don’t let what you “do for God” or “do for others” determine your value, even though you need to do what you need to do. Know that, no matter where you are, you’re a child of God. You couldn’t earn it. It was given to you by grace. No matter what you do- you’re a new creation in Christ. (2 Cor. 5: 17). That’s your new identity.
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we ARE..” (I John 3: 1).
Being content means that you never let your job, marriage, possession, pay check, or ministry quality and size define your value. “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6–8)
When we realize that our value or worth as a person has absolutely nothing to do with our job or ministry, that can lead us into a life-changing Christ-honoring life.
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