Whether you’re a volunteer, staff member, or pastor, it can be hard to stay motivated if you serve at a church. You may start to wonder if anyone appreciates your hard work week in and week out. Remembering whom you’re actually serving is a good way to reinvigorate your spirit. You can use these three lessons to stay motivated during Easter week.
The Burning Bush
You’ve most likely heard the story of Moses and the burning bush. It’s the start of Moses’s ministry and the exodus of the Israelites. Even after receiving this miraculous sign from God, Moses still wasn’t sure if he was the right man for the job. In Exodus 3:11 Moses says “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
Moses knew his own history and that he had made some mistakes in his life. Of course, God was still able to use Moses for a greater purpose, mistakes and all. It wasn’t Moses’s oratory skills that made him qualified; it was his faith that God was interested in.
Sometimes we can feel like Moses, wishing we were more put together. Throughout the Bible, we see examples of God working through people to achieve His mission. You’ve got to wonder why a powerful and infinite Creator would choose to work through sinful and broken humans. Part of the answer is that our weaknesses are also our qualifications. By not having everything together, we rely on God to get us through.
Good And Faithful Servant
It takes several types of people with different gifts for a church to truly thrive. This includes but is not limited to the gifts of teaching, leadership, serving, and encouraging. It can seem like some gifts are more celebrated than others. But each of these gifts comes from the same Spirit, and each is important.
We have all been given different skills and talents that complement each other. Only God knows what and how much we’ve been given. It is up to us to use what we’re given, much like the servants in the parable from Matthew 25:14-30.
In the parable, each servant was given a number of talents according to their ability from their journeying master. Some used their talents and were able to double the initial amount. One servant hid their talent and produced nothing extra. When the master returned, he was pleased with the servants who used their talents and called them good and faithful.
In Hebrews 11, we see a recounting of some of the most faithful acts found in the Old Testament. What’s the one thing they all have in common? None of them saw the realization of their vision, yet they all had faith that a new kingdom established by God would reign one day.
We have the hindsight to know that they were looking toward Jesus. Before Jesus arrived, the stage was set by faithful workers trusting in God’s plan. The same is true today. We may not know when Jesus will return, but we can trust in His plan.
Run The Race
We are told in Hebrews 12:1-2 to throw off everything that hinders us and run with perseverance. This is a good reminder that we aren’t supposed to run aimlessly. By fixing our eyes on Jesus, we can be encouraged to complete the work set before us.
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