Minister Out of an Overflow (Part 1)

In our all staff meeting, we had a good discussion this morning of the importance of staying tapped into the vine (John 15) and ministering out of an overflow of our relationship with Jesus Christ.  We desperately want our lives, ministries, and church to be like the tree planted by streams of water (Psalm 1:1-3; Jeremiah 17:7-8).  In ministry, we are constantly giving ourselves away, and it is easy to get drained emotionally, physically and spiritually.  It is important to get refueled.

Each staff member shared how they stay ON FIRE for God and when they feel most connected to Jesus Christ.  For some, it is personal prayer, for others it is time reading and studying God’s word and for others, it is corporate worship.

I know that “ministering out of an overflow” is a classic ministry cliché and it is pretty simple.  But you know what, it is not complicated.  It is about being consistent daily in the basics and the fundamentals of the Christian walk.  And God promises that if we remain in Him, then He will bear MUCH fruit through our lives (John 15:5)… fruit that will last forever (John 15:16). Basically, “Intimacy leads to impact!” (I know, another ministry cliché, but it’s true.  Apart from Christ, you can do nothing.)

I cannot overstate the importance of staying tapped into the vine (Jesus) and walking daily in the power of the Holy Spirit.

How do you stay connected to God?

When do you feel closest to Him?

4 replies »

  1. 1. I can’t get away from God – I am overwhelmed by Him!!

    2. I want to say work – to me it is a spiritual act of worship – to do what I was made to do. However, when I’m serving others who are in distress and need help – thats when I feel closest to God.

  2. I have taken to framing certain scripture passages or prayers and putting them over my computer hutch at work so that I see them frequently. My current favorite is the Prayer of Jaebez complete with the notes from Jonathan’s sermon series opener on wanting a better life. I read it frequently and remind myself of my mission. I want to be a blessing to others by “enlarging my territory” or expanding my influence. I also pray throughout the day. I mostly say quick words uttered to God in my mind as a situation arises or a need is made known to me. I have learned that if I will pray as soon as it pops in my mind to do so that I will have a much more active conversation with God. It is a constant work in progress.

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