If you’re reading this, here’s what is probably true about you.
You’re passionate about your calling to make disciples.
God called you to make disciples. Through community. Through teaching. Through mentoring. Through friendships. Through engaging with neighbors. Through missions. Through serving together. Through nurturing maturity. Through encouraging accountability. Through proclaiming the Gospel.
And this calling…it isn’t something you can opt in and out of. Sure, it would be convenient and easy if you could. But like the prophet Jeremiah, your heart would become like a burning fire shut up in your bones.
You have a divine calling to pursue this work. Of that you are certain. But that can get complicated because…
You’re also very busy.
You’ve got a lot going on and, based on next quarter’s projections, nothing’s slowing down. Marriage. Children. Grandchildren. Family. Relationships. Friendships. Careers. Projects. Ongoing education. Ministry. Extracurricular activities. Caring for aging parents.
Few, if any, of these responsibilities are optional for you. Almost all of these good things require direct action on your part. And, if you do all of these things well, more responsibility will follow.
And that can tricky because…
You want to make an eternal difference.
While you want to be successful in this life, you desperately want to succeed in God’s economy. You want to accomplish great things for the Kingdom of Heaven. You want to glorify God with your calling. You want to store up treasures in Heaven.
All seems good on the outside…but secretly…
You’re frustrated with how you perceive your impact.
You can’t help but ask, “Am I really making a difference?” “Am I doing the right things?” “Is this what a great disciple-maker does?” “Is God pleased with me?”
You’re experiencing great deal of inner tension and turmoil. You’re not satisfied with mediocre results—those are the things that fill your nightmares. Mediocre results sometimes feel worse than failures. But sometimes, you feel like mediocrity is all you’re giving these days.
And that drives you crazy.
I know this feeling because I have lived it.
I have been overwhelmed and over-engaged. I have considered backing out, giving up, letting someone else do what God called me to do. I have wondered if the decisions I’m making and the activities I’m choosing are those of a fully committed Christ-follower or those of a crazy person.
I have almost burned out.
How do you find freedom from the oppression of busy-ness?
In this new series my goal is to help overwhelmed disciple-makers, like you, pursue your calling with clarity and confidence. Finding freedom from the oppression of busy-ness starts by honestly answering several questions:
- What is my God-given vision?
- Why is that vision so important?
- What am I already committed to?
- What is essential/most significant?
- What needs to be eliminated?
- Who or what is missing?
- Is it working?
Answering these questions is the easy part. Doing something with those answers requires tremendous courage.
Life will always be busy. Gaining clarity on what God has called you to do, enables effective in ministry in a busy world.