Spiritual Gifts 10
"...that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Romans 12:2b ESV
God promises that we are capable of discerning his will for our lives. One of the conditions for understanding God's will is to carefully and prayerfully consider how God would have us invest our time. While it is true that many would be greatly benefited by simply getting off the bench and into the fight period, for those already invested, it's time to grow in our ability to wisely discern God's will in how and where to best invest our time.
Many sincere Christians desperately struggle upon this point. God tells us to carefully examine everything because he knows we are highly impressionable creatures who are easily confused by numerous factors. Our Heavenly Father also knows we have an enemy who is eager to confuse and discourage our efforts.
Not every need is what it appears. It is tempting to rush into needy situations to make a difference, but doing so without prayer and careful consideration can prove disastrous. Likewise a when we invest our energies wisely miraculous things happen. Every unwise investment we make threatens to weaken our resolve to serve and it robs those who the Lord knows could most benefit from our labors.
It is often assumed that all impressions to serve in the context of ministry come from the Lord, but this is not the case. Our unique passions, personality, and cultural background heavily color how we interpret ministry. Heavenly and personal impressions are not always immediately distinguishable. Thoughts which at first seem strong and conclusive after prayerful reflection may prove to be idealistic or emotionally reactive. Some personality types when combined with an exceptionally compassionate heart would be wise to take up the habit of allowing a day or so to pass before accepting new commitments.
God is never the author of burnout. Burnout is always the result of misguided, though often well intended, investments on our behalf. Just as we are called to test every spirit to see wether or not it is of God, we are also called to examine prayerfully how and where the Lord would have us serve. Doing so will result in lives of rewarding and fruitful service.
Still Seeking His Face,