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What to do when you don’t want to be the ‘Hands and Feet’

Even as a pastor in a church who is constantly looking for volunteers, I understand that to an attender, the call for help is often way too much. In past years, while I have attended, I would sit in the pew, being as anonymous as I could, and listen at all the pleas for help in just about every area of ministry. I’d open up the bulletin and see that 75 percent of the announcements were to serve. All I could help but think about was, “Why do they always have to keep on asking?! I’m sick of hearing this!”

Be honest, do you ever think this way?

I mean, there are all these other people, why do I have to have the guilty conscious? Sometimes I want to have “me” time. Is that so much to ask?

There are just those times we all feel like this. We say to ourselves, let someone else do it. We say, I don’t want to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We may not say the latter just like that, but our unwillingness to move says plenty. So, what do we do when this happens? How can we get back in the game?

Let me outline a couple of things. I am guessing for someone to think these words, one of two things are true. First, they already serve way too much. Second, they are serving in areas that don’t match their giftedness. I am going to be honest. When I am not teaching on Wednesday nights and I hang out with the youth, I go home exhausted, not wanting to come back. This is clearly an area that does not fit my giftedness. I am willing to help, but its not the area in which God designed me to flourish.

Most of the time, its the latter of the two. Isn’t enough to just be willing to serve in an area, even if it means its not apart of our gifting? Well, sure, thats nice, but what happens when you get burned out and find yourself in church avoiding any calls for help in or out of your gifting?

Look at this verse from 1 Peter 4:10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

If we were only to use the gifts we have received to serve, do you think God will reward that with exhaustion and burnout? I don’t think so. He rewards that with something great. It’s time each of us discover what that gift is in our life and how we can use it as the hands and feet of Christ.


If you would like more information on gifting and how to serve in the right area, please contact Nick at the church office (384-5038), or email him at adults@thirdcitychristian.org

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