Do you know that God wants to know you personally?
As someone who has spent a large portion of their adult life serving in full-time ministry, I am surprised by how much I told other people that and how inconsistent I was about applying that to my own life.
I talked the talk without always walking the walk.
Since August I have been looking for what's next for me in ministry. It's been exciting and very refreshing for me. One of the things I have learned during this transition time is that I have made a lot of rookie mistakes in ministry!
I began to realize how often I would read the Bible and look to apply it to the people I was given the opportunity to lead.
I realized that I spent much more time praying for others and very little praying and talking to God about myself.
I discovered that when I would read books I would look to find ways to apply the information to others and rarely to myself.
I found that on Sunday mornings I was much more concerned with processing the service than I was with my own personal development.
If you were to ask me now what's been the best part of this time away from ministry for myself I could honestly say it's been getting my relationship with God back on track.
God wants to know me. He wants to have a relationship with me. Through that relationship, He wants to work through me to encourage and impact the lives of others.
I know for the 2-3 people that read my blog that this is something that you already knew. Nothing mind blowing for you hear.
Or is it?
Do you spend consistent time talking to God about what's going on with you?
Are you allowing God to work on you before He works through you?
If you serve in any position of leadership in a church I would say that before you are given an opportunity to tell THEM anything, let God tell YOU something.