Do you sometimes find your passion for ministry flickering?
Do you feel like you need to step out of serving in children’s ministry?
Are you just going through the motions?
Are you weary in well doing?
Is your spiritual tank drained to the point where you’re about to run out of gas?
If so, don’t worry, you’re not alone. All leaders go through times where they feel drained, discouraged and defeated.
The good news is you don’t have to stay drained. There are some steps you can take to renew your passion for the ministry. Let’s look at some of them.
Remember your calling. Think back to the time when God called you into ministry. Remember the joy you experienced when you said, “Here am I, Lord. Send me.” God’s call for your life hasn’t disappeared or expired. The calling is for a lifetime. God hasn’t changed His mind about you. His calling on your life is just as real as the first time you felt His gentle tug on your heart.
Spend extra time with Jesus. In Jesus’ presence is fullness of joy. Get alone with Him. Let Him infuse your soul with a renewed passion for ministry. Your first calling is to spend time with Jesus. When your passion for spending time with Jesus wanes, your passion for ministry will wane as well.
Grab your Bible and find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Read God’s Word and ask Him to speak to you. He will. Then talk to Him and ask Him to renew your passion. He will.
Identify what is draining your passion. What is causing you to lose your passion for the ministry? Look at your schedule. Go over your weekly tasks. Think through your interactions with individuals. What do you walk out of feeling drained? Who is the person who leaves you running on empty?
Identify these and see how you can adjust them, so they don’t drain you so dangerously low.
Lean into the promises of God. God’s promises can settle all the doubts, discouragement and drain you may feel when your passion is waning. Go to His Word. Lean on His promises and claim them for your life.
Make a list of the blessings you have received. Sit down and write out how God has blessed your life and ministry. You will see that He has blessed you in so many ways. Those blessings will renew your hope and rekindle the flame God placed in your heart for ministry. Go back to that list often.
Keep looking forward rather than backwards. Be thankful for the past blessings as mentioned above. But spend more time looking forward to what God is going to do in you and through you. Your best days of ministry are ahead.
Let that fill your heart with a renewed passion for the ministry.
This article originally appeared here.