“Jesus, be the center” has been the plea of my heart. Things feel off, ministries are exhausting, and people get snappy really quickly when He is not the center. That was the theme of the team as a whole and me as an individual. Jesus wasn’t the strength. He wasn’t the core. He took second place to ministry and then food and then sleep. And it showed- in my heart, in my actions, in my ministry. And the team’s as well.
After a team meeting the other night, all the girls felt off, and we went in the room and starting fighting a major spiritual battle. We all knew something in the team was weird, and after prayer and talking, we realized it was the team unity, which was affecting ministry and free time. And the team unity was off because we, as a group, had been so busy and exhausted after a full day’s work, that we didn’t make time for God-both as a group and by ourselves.
Picture a cup. You want it 100% full of Jesus so that it can be poured out in all of it’s glory onto others. Our cup wasn’t full of Him. It was only about 30%. Which was not good.
And the enemy wants to smash that cup into smithereens, making us think all is hopeless and broken and done. He wanted us to believe that’s how we were. We weren’t.
God doesn’t just fix things. He doesn’t just glue it back together so the cracks show, He makes them completely new and restored. And then you’re wonderful and whole and new again. 1 Peter 4:11 says, “…if anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Christ Jesus” I need to rely on HIS strength for HIS work, not my own.
It was a lesson worth being up until 1:30 AM learning. Because if Jesus isn’t at the center, then nothing functions right.
And since the revelation? Things have been great. Morning quiet times have been more frequent. Unity has been improved. Ministry has gone more smooth. It’s amazing how Christ will work in us when we fix our eyes on Him above all else.