There are takers, givers and balanced people

Being realistic about people, particularly when you are serving in leadership at a local church level, is really important.

There are people who love you, and you love them. Together you are on a missional journey. They appreciate what you do, you love what they do. Its beautiful.

There are others who just take what you give. They will take whatever you give. I am heartened that the Apostle Paul knew about these people. In 2 Corinthains 12.15 he says this, I will gladly spend myself and all I have for you, even though it seems that the more I love you, the less you love me”. If you are in ministry for the love of others, that is to receive love from others, it will be a difficult and disappointing road. We all want to be appreciated, but the path of Jesus is very often to give love sacrificially, knowing the reward is not here and now…and may not be acknowledged. Therefore you need to determine what you are willing to give away, for nothing.

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