In Romans 12:1, Paul urges Christians to offer their bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. Sounds like a worthy goal, right?
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Roman 12:1
For the woman in ministry, sometimes being a living sacrifice feels way too sacrifice-ey, doesn’t it? Oh, you might never admit it, but it does.
You give, pour out, and make yourself uber-available to those you and your family serve until you are spent, exhausted and want to hide in a cave for the next 10 years.
You try to be the perfect ministry wife, and you never, ever let ‘em see you sweat.
Your family’s budget is so thin you can read the newspaper through it because the church would not want their pastor to be prideful about making too much money. Ugh!
You pray that your children will behave between 9am and noon on Sundays so you do not have to endure the critical glances that inevitably come your way.
But, what if being a living sacrifice energized you rather than drained you?
What if it brought you closer to Christ?
It can, you know.
Finding that place of peace and acceptance is preceded by an understanding of where you begin and ministry ends. Therefore, it requires boundary setting.
In addition, Romans 12:2 goes on to say that we should not conform to the pattern of this world. Our world is all about rushing and performing and living up to impossible standards set by people who have not earned the right to set boundaries for us.
Are you tired, friend? Are you ready to throw up the white flag of surrender? Do you need someone who can encourage you and pray with you. We here at Breathe Ministry would love to come alongside you to help you set up ministry boundaries and grow closer to God while being a living sacrifice. So join us at www.breatheministry.com/mentor/