In today’s conclusion of this three-part blog series, I’ll share why the tradition of putting others first has the potential to cause very real trouble.
You have always been taught that the Christian thing to do is to put others before yourself. But while that expectation sounds pious in theory, it’s actually a recipe for disaster. In working with countless pastors and other church leaders over the years, I have observed a major trend: The pressure to focus on everyone else’s needs before concentrating on Jesus and what He wants to do in you personally is the fastest way to crash and burn. Letting others direct your life causes emotional stress, robs you of your focus, disrupts your peace, and leads to continually diminishing returns in every area.
Biblical servanthood doesn’t mean sacrificing your connection with God and your own growth for others. There were times when even Jesus saw urgent problems around Him and chose not to meet them because He needed to spend time with the Father. He pulled away from the crowds to focus on what God wanted to do in Him, so that God could ultimately do what He wanted to do through Him.
Choosing to keep yourself healthy — spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically — by staying constantly connected to the source of your strength isn’t selfish at all. Quite the opposite. Taking care of your relationship with Christ, and giving time to the ways He wants to grow you, is the very thing that equips you to serve your family and your ministry.
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