My former worship pastor shared this quote with me,
“The greatest impediment to your spiritual intimacy is your giftedness. Because you are gifted, you are going to be able to make life work within the church without ever knowing God well.”
Do I make church “work?” Have I let my spiritual gifts block the intended intimacy waiting with my Father?
I peel back layers and examine what could be a barrier in my walk with Him. I hang the above quote on my fridge as a constant reminder.
My core knows I am nothing without Him, but do I always live that sentiment? Day in and day out, it’s so easy for me to just “do.”
My prayer is that I may never stand before a congregation sharing a spoken word, leading music, holding a child in the nursery, or serving coffee by just making church “work.” If I lean in that direction, may my hypocrisy ring so true that I can’t continue, and am brought to my knees.
Because even with all my resolve and determination, even with my desire to serve and share, it’s not about my “work.” It’s about His. It’s all about His work that He so faithfully, generously and graciously sharpens in me.
Each of us have been given unique gifts to impact others. Gifts that He desires to use, through us, to reach others and be a blessing. Whether to our family, neighbors or maybe even a blog friend that we’ve never met in real life, His work will be completed. The choice of “how” is up to us.
May you never doubt the impact you have on the lives of those around you.
A single gift, given as an offering, hands wide open, unrestrained, impacts generations.
Do you ever struggle with making church “work?”
Written by Jen of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, a girl who’s running from that very thing.