Spiritual Gifts 9

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Romans 12:2 ESV

Why do so many people burn out working for the church? When we are answering God's call upon our lives and serving others according to our giftedness does burnout still happen? Serving in ways out of sync with our passions and talents is one cause of burnout, but burnout is very possible even when we are exercising our gifts. 

There is something exhilarating and deeply satisfying about ministering according to our unique gifts, yet burnout remains a real possibility. Paul gives us some foundational principles in Romans 12 which can help us avoid running ourselves into the ground. He tells us that if we will allow God to help us see life from his perspective that we will be able to, by careful examination, understand his perfect will for our lives. 

Of the three foundational principles Paul gives regarding effectively exercising our gifts, the two mentioned above is often the most overlooked. Many who experience burnout are willing to surrender their lives and be a living sacrifice. This is a precious thing, but with surrender must come an intentional search into God's specific will for us from one day to the next. God is not a micromanager, he desires to grant us wisdom to recognize where and when we should serve. We are always surrounded with infinite need, without insight from the Lord regarding when and where to invest ourselves burnout is inevitable.

We are told that when we are surrendered to God's leading and our minds are being renewed through the spirit that God's will is still not always immediately apparent. Paul tells us that we still have a work to do of examination and careful consideration regarding what God's perfect will for our lives is. 

The enemy of our souls, if he cannot lead us away from engaging our gifts for God's glory, desires to confuse and overwhelm our efforts. Simply put, God is challenging us to be more thoughtful and prayerful regarding where we invest our time and talents. When we take the time to clearly hear from God he will greatly multiply our efforts and protect us from burning out at the same time.

Still Seeking His Face,

Pastor Andrew

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