It's Not Much Fun Anymore"
Psalms 51:12, "Restore unto
me the joy of thy salvation."
(A Message For Preachers)
new assignment begins with great joy, enthusiasm, and
anticipation. Each new ministry begins with wonderful dreams and
plans. But what happens
when the realities of difficult places, difficult people, and
difficult problems let the air out of your spiritual balloon?
What happens when it is not much fun anymore? What do you do
when the joy has gone out of your Christian pilgrimage and/or
your heavenly assignment? It certainly does not mean you are not
spiritual or that you do not love the Lord. Nor does it mean
that God is not at work in your life. It simply means you are
human and it is time to…
1. Return To Your Bethel.
Bethel was the place where Jacob had his vision of the angels
ascending and descending on a heavenly ladder; and where, after
twenty years, he returned, according to his vow, to set up an
altar, Genesis 35:2-7. Go back to when you were saved and later
called to ministry and remember the wonder of being chosen to
declare the glorious Gospel message. I often return to where I
was saved and later called to preach, there I remember the vows
I made to faithfully serve Him and proclaim His Word. When it is
not much fun, I return to my Bethel When it is not much fun…
2. Refuel Your Spirit.
Isaiah 40:31 reminds us, "But they that wait upon the Lord shall
renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles,
they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not
faint." When David was in the darkness of despair he waited
before the Lord and cried out unto the Lord, Psalm 40:1. The
danger of ministry is the danger of a depleted vessel, ever
giving out but not taking in. When it is not much fun, I refuel
my spirit. When it is not much fun…
3. Rest Your Body.
Nehemiah discovered that "the strength of the bearers of burdens
is decayed," Nehemiah 4:10, and the work stopped. Physical
fatigue fertile soil for emotional, physical and spiritual
discouragement. When it is not much fun anymore take some time
off, get away and be refreshed. A good night’s rest and some
time away for physical renewal can make a big difference. When
it is not much fun…
4. Renew Your Vision.
When Paul was questioned before Agrippa as to why he was so
committed to Christ he replied, "Whereupon, O, king Agrippa, I
was not disobedient to the heavenly vision," Acts 26:19. Many
pastors have suffered the loss of a vision for their ministry
and their place of service. The "vision killers" have stolen
your dreams. When God called you He gave you a heavenly
assignment. Go back to the cross and renew your vision. Ask God
to give you a fresh vision for your place of service. When it is
not much fun …
5. Re-Establish Your Priorities.
Paul said, "This one thing I do…", Philippians 3:13. Walk with
God, preach the Word, love your family, care for your people,
take care of yourself. Set clear goals, discipline yourself to
pursue those goals, and don’t let interruptions sidetrack you.
When it is not much fun re-establish your priorities. When it is
not much fun…
6. Rejoice In The Lord’s Rich Blessings.
Sometimes we can’t see the land of milk and honey because we
have our eyes on the giants. "Count your many blessings...name
them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has
done." Paul said, "I have learned to be content in whatsoever
state I am in," Philippians 4:11. When it is not much fun
anymore I pause to thank the Lord for the many rich blessings He
has so freely bestowed upon me. When it is not much fun...
The Promises Of God.
A. The promise
of His power, Philippians 4:13, I Cor. 10:13.
B. The promise of His perfect provision, Philippians 4:19.
C. The promise of His presence, Hebrews 13:5.
D. The promise of His purpose, Romans 8:28, Galatians 6:9.
E. The promise of His peace, John 14:27.
F. The promise of Paradise John 14:1-4. When it’s not much
8. Reach Out To Someone Else.
Onesiphorus found great joy in ministering to Paul and was a
wonderful encourager to him, II Timothy 1:16-18. One of the
delights of my ministry is that of trying to be an encourager to
my preacher brothers. When it is not much fun…
9. Remember Those Who Have Gone Before
Hebrews 12:1 reminds us of the great cloud of witnesses who have
faithfully run their race and are now cheering us on from
Heaven. They have passed the baton of the Gospel on to us that
we might faithfully run our race. Remember that we are called to
be faithful, even when it is not much fun. When it is not much
10. Rejoice That Your Name Is Written In
That is what Jesus said in Luke 10:20. Our greatest days of
celebration are just ahead when it will be "fun" forevermore!
May we fix our eyes on Jesus, Heb. 12:1. "It will be worth it
all when we see Jesus!"
May we never forget that the source of our
joy is Jesus, not any particular place of service. Delight
yourself in the Lord. I pray that the Lord will make it "fun"
again. Lord, would you restore the joy of our salvation...and