February is here with all the pink and red and hearts and constant focus on love. As we schedule and plan and prepare and preach, the question could be asked: “what’s love got to do with it?” There is much to do and so much of ministry does not involve good or easy feelings.
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily busyness and hustle of ministry, and suddenly look up one day and realize you’re “doing” without “feeling.” Most of us in ministry pursued this calling because we have a deep love for and devotion to our Savior, and we want others to experience that same relationship.
Our desire to serve comes from a place of commitment based on our relationship with our Lord. When we begin to serve and pour out from a place of obligation rather than the well of relationship, we quickly become depleted.
So what do we do when we find ourselves in this place? We want to be effective, and we don’t want to continue ministering from this empty well. If we do keep ministering on empty, we’re sure to burn out sooner than later.
There are a few things we can do to renew our love and tap back into the source of our passion.
- Invest time. Just as your relationship with your spouse would suffer if you never spent any real time together, the same is true with your relationship with the Lord. If you want to return to your first love and a place of real connection, then you have to invest the time. That means turn your phone on silent, find the space for quiet and solitude and focus on the Savior.
- Change your location. Sometimes when we want an internal change, it helps to change our location or the actual physical place that we spend time with Him. If you normally read the Bible in your office, then switch it up. Where do you naturally feel close to the Lord? Is it sitting in your living room where you are comfortable? Or do you feel His presence in the mountains, at the ocean or just in nature? Do something a little different and spend some time with Him in a different physical place than normal.
- Change your position. Our spirits are connected to our bodies and our minds. Do you usually pray when you are sitting in a chair? Change it up. Get down on your knees, go for a walk, or take a long drive and talk to the Lord. When we physically do something different with our bodies as we seek His presence, it ignites our brains in a different way.
- Remember. When did you last feel close and connected to the Lord? What were you doing and how did you feel? Remember His faithfulness and the closeness of His presence.
- Thank Him. We all have so much to be thankful for, and first and foremost because we CAN HAVE a real and growing relationship with the Creator of the world. Don’t let yourself miss the magnitude of that truth. Let Him know how thankful you are for the blessing of intimacy with Him.
So what’s love got to do with it? The answer is everything.
Our ability to minister to others comes directly out of the depth and intimacy of our relationship with our Savior. We can’t miss the importance or necessity of investing in that relationship. Love has everything to do with it.