Filled Again By Tracie Fritcher Johnson
As leaders in ministry, there are times we just want to hide from our responsibilities. We’d love to have just a few days of no one needing us. When we begin to feel disillusioned or discouraged, we need to look to Jesus’ example. Several times Jesus pulled away from the crowds to have times of privacy, rest, and devotion. Most of the time the hungry, needy souls followed Him, and every time, Jesus had compassion on them and ministered. In His situation, our carnality would have justified ourselves to not give or sacrifice, but He chose to live a life of ministry continually pouring Himself into those around Him.
While living the life of ministry, God provided times of refreshing for Jesus. Some of those times included forty days alone in the wilderness and prayer in the Garden. Other times, Jesus separated Himself from the disciples for solitude and communion with His Father. Not all of the opportunities presented were fun or exciting, but all were needed.
If God has called you to ministry, He has called you to a life of pouring yourself into others. And, if you live a life mirroring Jesus’ ministry – God will provide times of refreshing and respite. If you are intentional about spending time with God, He will continually pour into you so that you can pour into others. God will minister Himself through you, if you are willing to be a vessel of sacrifice.
Yet, it is our responsibility to recognize the opportunities for refreshment which God provides. In addition to recognizing the opportunities, we must use them wisely and fill them with the Word, prayer, fasting, and fellowship. Spring is a wonderful time to reflect on God’s provision and be refreshed.
Consider the following activities which will afford you time alone with Jesus or with those He uses to encourage you.
- An afternoon away in a quiet park enjoying God’s creation.
- A simple lunch out with a godly mentor to share what God is doing in your lives.
- Thirty extra minutes spent reading through the Psalms. Psalm 139 is sure to help you unwind and deepen your trust in God.
- Write your faith story on a single sheet of paper. Store it in your Bible to reread again and again.
- Gather your family and spend time together listing God’s provisions and blessings thus far this year.
- Schedule a small retreat where you get away for a day of prayer and study, allowing God to stir up your gifts and passions toward ministry.
We are called to be emptied out in ministry, but desperately need God to fill us completely. Allowing God to fill us requires us to stop the busyness and rest in Him for a time. What can you do this week to place yourself in a position for being filled? Take time to listen to the Spirit within you. Allow Him to call you into times of refreshing.
Tracie Fritcher Johnson juggles numerous responsibilities. At home, she is a wife, mother of three, and finder of all things missing. At her secular job, Tracie counsels children and assists as Vice Principal at a local Christian school. Tracie is also active in ministry, serving as Leadership Pastor for Crossroads Apostolic Ministries in Taylorville, IL under the leadership of Pastors Jason and Kristin Hoffmann. Tracie has written numerous in-depth bible studies and devotionals which are available through The Pentecostal Publishing House. Tracie loves to come alongside others through discipleship and established Response to Grace (RTG) Ministries as an online platform for engaging people in apostolic bible study. She invites you to join her at www.responsetogracestudy.org or connect with her on the ministry Facebook page.
Copyright 2015 Tracie Fritcher Johnson and Crystal Schmalz Ministries