I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, (Philippians 1:25b NASB)
When it comes to serving in the church, many people have no idea what to do.
Sometimes the problem is that we haven’t discovered our Spiritual Gift(s) Other times, it could be something else, but we shouldn’t get frustrated and leave our local church.
An example from my life:
Over the past year and a half, I’ve been contemplating leaving Bethel-Park Bible Chapel and going to a small Baptist church closer to home. The chapel is growing and it wasn’t helping with my struggle with anxiety. This Baptist church was a small gathering, and it’s very outreach oriented. I was going to begin going after my birthday this year.
I never did get there, and I probably won’t now…
On Monday afternoon, I was recording three weeks worth of sermon CD’s for a lady from the chapel who’s mostly been a shut-in. She’s greatly appreciated the work I’ve put into it this year so far, considering that she doesn’t have the internet in her home.
So it led me to think: If I leave the chapel, who will do this for her? For that matter, who will contact the guy from the chapel every other week who suffers from various mental health ailments? The list went on and on in my head, and then it hit me. This is why I’m still at Bethel-Park, so that others don’t ever feel like they’ve been forgotten and to know that they are missed when they aren’t among us on Sunday.
Where did this stem from? I guess from feeling all alone and barely contacted while I spent the majority of 2018 in bed everyday. I think I finally understand what the thought in my head to “Get Better, Not Bitter” meant now. I needed to be at my best, and I would come back in order to help those who needed it the most.
I guess what I’m saying is this: Sometimes we’re not really ignored, unloved or forgotten about, but the Lord is preparing us for an opportunity to serve Him and His Kingdom. I know that might sound odd, but it’s not always a matter of “abandonment” per se, but a time of testing while the Lord, our Teacher, is instructing us on how to deal with it, and picking us up each time we fall.
Like God said to Job “Is it right for you to be angry?”. The question is WHY are we angry, and is it truly justified? More often than not, it really isn’t.
As your elders, your pastor or even those in your church that you trust or are closest to about what they think you’re good at and where you could “give back” to your local church in order that Jesus Christ may be worshipped and glorified.
Remember: Get Better, Not Bitter…