On The Flip Side

Being a Christian sometimes leaves us unsure of exactly what God is calling us to do for His church. Some of us, as new Christians, may not even be aware of all the different ways we can serve in the church. First and foremost, let me assure you that if you have chosen to be a follower of Jesus Christ, you are called to do something to help further His kingdom.

In Ephesians 2:10, Paul tells us,
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
As Christians part of serving God is working in the church and spreading the gospel to people everywhere. Not everyone is called to do the same thing, but we are called in some form.

That thought strikes fear in the hearts of many. We find ourselves unworthy, unequipped and uneducated to fill many roles in His service. The problem is we can’t get past our own shortcomings to see God’s mightiness.

Ephesians 4:11-12
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists,the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.

Jesus is ready to equip you. If he calls you to something, he will provide you with the ability to do it. This may require you to learn new things, to grow deeper in your relationship with Him and most of all to take the time to pray and listen for his leading.

And that brings us to the flip side of the coin.

Perhaps we are already at work in the church. Why we’ve been doing God’s works in the same area for fifteen years! If that is your case, how wonderful that you served so faithfully for so long.

For now, let’s take a few minutes to assess whether we are where God wants us today. Examine the following questions and evaluate how God may be leading you.

1. Do I still feel God’s calling to serve in this area?
2. How is my service in this area furthering God’s kingdom today?
3. Is my service bearing fruit?
4. Do I still feel energized and excited to serve God in this way?
5. Do I dread serving in my current way and find resentment in my heart when I do it?
6. Am I standing in the way of someone else that God may now be calling to fill my current position?
7. Am I preventing myself from being blessed in God’s service by not answering His call in another area?

Read the passage below and think about what it speaks to you.

Ecclesiastes 3
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

Look at that last part of verse 13.
and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God

Did you know that satisfaction in your service is a gift of God?
We should find pleasure, refreshment, inspiration and satisfaction in what we do to serve our heavenly Father. We should feel His blessing showering us.
Take time to sit quietly with the Father and listen for His guidance on where he needs you. Let him use you in a way that not only brings Him to others but draws you closer to Him. Once you have taken to time to hear his calling you can inquire with your Pastor or church board to find areas of your church that might meet your particular talents and skills. Don’t miss out on the blessing of serving.

Father in heaven, we ask that you open our hearts and minds to your leading. Help us to hear your voice and equip us to answer your call. Give us strength and courage to serve you and bless us as we go about your business. Amen