A gracEmail subscriber writes that he is worn out in his work for God. He started a local church about a decade ago, and has no help in carrying it on. He preaches, leads singing, serves Communion, teaches Bible class and leads prayers. Can I offer any encouragement?
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There are at least two reasons why you might be worn out. It might be that God has called you to the particular task you are doing, but that you are trying to accomplish it in your own strength. Or it might be that you are relying on God’s strength, but in a work to which he has not actually called you. Dedicated Christians often make both those mistakes, and continue to be depleted, because they either missed where God “guided” or they missed what God “provided.” One way to tell what God expects us to do as his stewards is to observe what God provides for us to accomplish the work
Peter tells us that when God guides, he also provides. The apostle therefore urges us not only to speak, but to speak as the oracles of God — that is, with God providing the message. We are not only to serve, but to do so in the strength which God provides (1 Peter 4:10-11). In other words, if God assigns a task, he also gives the strength to perform it.
I encourage you to take the issue to God. Tell him, “Father, I believe you have put me here, but I cannot do your work in my own strength. I will serve you faithfully, but I must have your provision to do your work to your glory.” It might be also that you are not called to do this work. God will show you that if you ask him and listen for his answer. Jesus said to pray, “Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory.” We are to seek God’s agenda — not confusing that with our own sense of duty. Then we are privileged to perform our assignment from God in the strength which he provides, giving God all the credit for the good that results.