Day 24, "Rejoicing in Relationship"
It's hard not to get caught up in the busyness of life. It's also hard not to get caught up in the busyness of ministry. Vocational Ministers aren't the only people in the church that devote a large amount of their time to ministry. But they certainly are some of the most vulnerable to getting caught up in the work and excitement of ministry. So much so that they may neglect their own relationship with God.
Others involved in ministry within the church must guard against the same types of feelings. For example, it's not too hard to imagine somebody getting so involved in taking food to the hungry and the shut-ins that they forget that they are serving because of what God has done for them. Without keeping our relationship with God a priority, even service to others can become nothing more than that, a public service.
Any way that we serve God and the church can become a distraction from our relationship with him if we let it. Teachers can get really excited when their class interacts with them, and one of the best ways to get interaction is to talk about life issues and current events. But doing this can end up being a distraction from our relationship with God. Counseling hurting members, worship through song, youth and children's programs... they all can become distractions from our relationship with God if we let them.I think this is part of what Paul was talking about in 1 Cor. 9:24-27. He concludes it with this:
No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
Don't get so caught up in the excitement of your own ministries that you end up neglecting your relationship with God.
-Mike @ DCC