Ministry is hard! Whether it is formal ministry or a ministry to those that the Lord has put in your life – it can be draining! Ministry is all about people and people are messy!! The messes can be physical with children or an emotional messy with adults. Jesus told us to love others just as we love ourselves. That takes loads of time and can be exhausting!
We need to care for ourselves to prevent burnout. One way we can do this is to be in God’s Word daily. His word tells us that this will connect us to Him. He gives hope and joy and patience and strength… including strength for ministry.
So how do we meet him in Scripture? Here are 4 ways we can do this:
1. We can meet with our Lord in Scripture through Bible reading.
There are many, many Bible reading plans.
- One year plans
- Two year plans
- Chronological order
- Old Testament/New Testament plans
- Use a checklist of all the books in the Bible and as you finish a book, check it off
You can also purchase Bibles that are organized into daily reading plans. These can be physical or electronic.
You can sign up for emails that will send you a reading for each day.
Browse through some of the ways we can read Scripture each day and taking into consideration the time that you have in your current season of life, and pick one. You can always switch to another plan if the one you have chosen isn’t working for you. The most important thing is to be in God’s Word every day and a Bible Reading plan is one very good way to do that.
2. We can meet with our Lord in Scripture through Bible study.
Bible study dives a bit deeper into the Scripture you are reading. Not only are you reading the words, but you are studying them. Learning about the person who wrote them, learning about the time in which they were written, learning about the meanings of the words in their original language. You can ask questions about the passage and seek to find the answers. You can think through what you are reading, and how it changes your heart and your behavior. It will convict you of sin. It will refine your heart. It will change you and how you live. It will change the choices you make. And it will give you strength to minister for Him.
“Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (MSG)
3. We can meet with our Lord in Scripture through Bible memorization.
Imagine having God’s Word written on our hearts!! If we spend time memorizing scripture, that is just what happens! As we go about our daily ministry, He brings scripture written on our hearts to bear in our conversations, in our struggles, in the messy work we are doing for Him. He comforts us and teaches us as we meditate on His word while we are working to memorize His Word. Anywhere, at any time, we can talk with the Lord using His Word!
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16 (ESV)
4. We can meet with our Lord in Scripture through writing Scripture.
We can also meditate on scripture as we write it down. There is something about writing things down with old fashioned pencil and paper that draws us into His Word. You can journal about a passage that you are studying. You can decorate a Bible page with doodles and artistic renderings of His Word. You can write whole books of the Bible in a journal. There are Bible writing plans on the internet (you can download one on rest right here) that give you different passages to write each day. As we write and/or illustrate His Word, it ministers to our hearts.
God encourages us, He ministers to our hearts, He loves us as we meet Him in Scripture. Meeting with Him isn’t something we do to check off our “Quiet Time” box on our To Do lists, it’s building a relationship with the Lord of the Universe. As we spend time with Him, He fills our hearts with His love – renews our strength for His work – which ultimately refreshes our hearts.
Free "Rest for Your Soul" Scripture Writing Plan
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