A few weeks ago I woke up to find the room spinning around me. I tried to stand up but it wasn’t happening. I booked in to see the doctor and he told me I have mild Vertigo. I had heard about it before and knew a little of what it was. It was really the strangest thing. Other than the dizziness I felt totally fine. No headaches, nauseousness or pain – just the sense that everything around me was on the move.
According to Wikipedia Vertigo (from the Latin vertō “a whirling or spinning movement”) is a type of dizziness where there is a feeling of motion when one is stationary.
It made me think about spiritual Vertigo. So often in the busyness of service we allow ourselves to get too overwhelmed. It seems like everything is going along fine but life is spinning around us. We can’t quite put our finger on it. Maybe we’re just physically run down and need a break. Maybe we are spread too thin emotionally and can’t deal with the stress that service can bring.
Yet quite often in my life it’s something much simpler: a detachment from the life source. Jesus said to his disciples in John 15:5, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” That’s really the secret to stopping the spinning. I have a tendency to do a lot. I quite often have many things on the go at the same time. Some I enjoy more than others but there is still a level of responsibility.
So it’s vital that I come away from all of the craziness and just focus on the Lord. Staying plugged into the Vine is the only way to bear good fruit.
It’s been a challenge for me to evaluate my service for the Lord and trim out the things that are not causing me to bear good fruit. It’s not an easy decision to cut back and oftentimes others involved are unhappy or disappointed with the decision. Emotionally it can take its toll. But if we are to be true to what the Lord is calling us to then those tough decisions need to be made even if it means a ministry or service comes to an end. I am a firm believer that if a ministry is the Lord’s ministry and He is asking someone to step back that He will have someone else in mind to carry it forward.
How are you handling your service for the Lord? Are you simply going through the motions with no passion for the work? Are you realizing that some things need to change? Remain in the Vine and draw your strength and direction from His leading. He will never lead us into something that is not for our best and His glory.
Of course maybe you are at a point where you are not involved in serving the Lord or you know you could be doing a lot more. It’s time to evaluate priorities and re-align them to His will. According to Scripture our service falls into 3 main categories in order of priority. The local church is the primary center for using the gifts the Lord has given us. It’s among our local brothers and sisters that our most involved ministries should be focused. The local church is also the place where we should be putting the most effort in terms of serving one another. The second priority for service is in reaching the lost. This isn’t always a part of a local church since personal evangelism is important as well, but if the assembly is active in evangelism then we should also be active with them as fellow laborers of the Gospel. The third priority (yet still very important) is our service for others in the world. We are commanded to feed the hungry and comfort the outcast. We should not neglect those who are struggling and need support. This is also a great way to lead them to the Lord and reflect His character.
How are you serving the Lord? If you are unsure of the answer then maybe it’s time to plug back into the Source and get a fresh, renewed perspective on His plans for you.
This post was originally published on April 23, 2012 over at Digital Sojourner but is still highly relevant today.