If we are not “Ministering Out of an Overflow” of our relationship with God then we are relying on ourselves. We are trusting in our own gifts, abilities, creativity, resources, wisdom, strength, network, etc. This is not a good place to be in life or ministry. When we are not tapped into the vine (Jesus), then our life, power, and resources are limited to ourselves. This can make us susceptible to sin, spiritually dried up, and minister “out of the flesh”, which can lead to burn out. This is a dangerous place to be.
In fact, Jeremiah 17 describes this person’s life, family and ministry the exact opposite of the tree planted by streams of water.
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who depends on flesh for his strength
and whose heart turns away from the LORD.
6 He will be like a bush in the wastelands;
he will not see prosperity when it comes.
He will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.
7 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.
8 He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:5-8
When it comes to life, family and ministry, let’s not rely of self and become a dried up, non-fruit-bearing bush in the middle of the desert. But let’s continue to stay tapped into the vine and be like a tree planted by streams of water whose leaves are always green and never fails to bear fruit.
Are you remaining in Christ today?
Are you ministering to your family, friends, church and world out of an overflow of your relationship with God?