Sunday, July 14, 2013

Living in God's Will for Right Now

We are waiting on what God wants us to do, whether it be a call to the ministry or just a call to being a church member.  I used to be offended but now I laugh when people think my husband is a minister and then they say "Oh, you are JUST a church member."  I'm glad to be JUST a church member because that is what God wants me to be right now and I'm not trying to impress anyone but Him.

I think it is a VERY serious thing to step into the ministry because not only do you have to give an account for those you minister over and how you ministered - you could destroy people with your ministry if it isn't kept in check.  Destroy them for eternity!  Does anyone not think of that when they attend a Seminary or become a preacher?  I've seen several count it as nothing, like it was just something to do to get recognition for being something "great" in God - then they go out and destroy other people with their wacky jack doctrines.

James 3:1
My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

So being it is something so serious, my husband isn't jumping at the ministry until he knows for sure he is called to do so by God.  We know we are in God's will at the present time because for whatever reason, God wants us where we are as church members right now.  Will that change in the future - possibly, but being in the will of God and not running ahead of Him will ensure success.

We have had people tell us that we were supposed to be in the ministry, but I wonder why didn't God tell us that?  Simply put - you can't follow other people's will for your life or what they "think" God wants you to do.  Doing so will only result in destruction of yourself and possibly others - I've seen it happen!!  We had friends who did what everyone else was doing and they are back in sin, broken and destroyed.  They are the shining beacons of the choices that we don't want to make so hastily.

So the next time you feel that you are wondering what God wants you to do, just live in His will for this present time.  Don't jump ahead of God in haste and don't sit still when He says GO!  Live in God's will for right now.

Clark's Commentary on James 3:1 says it well:
This caution is still necessary; there are multitudes, whom God has never called, and never can call, because he has never qualified them for the work, who earnestly wish to get into the priest’s office. - Their case is awful; they shall receive greater condemnation than common sinners; they have not only sinned in thrusting themselves into that office to which God has never called them, but through their insufficiency the flocks over whom they have assumed the mastery perish for lack of knowledge, and their blood will God require at the watchman’s hand. 

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Yvonne said...

And there's nothing wrong with that!! The ministry IS a serious thing....

Anonymous said...

Thanks Yvonne! It did take me a few years to realize that there is nothing wrong with it too. A woman of God said something to me a while back that some people are actually called to be church members. It really helped me! However, if God calls my husband to the ministry, I will learn to like that too I guess LOL! =0 I'm thankful that there ARE those that DO count it a serious thing and you can tell by their love! :)

Megan said...

Great post, it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking JUST being a church member isn't enough but its not what we do but who we are that matters most in God's eyes:)

Anonymous said...

The sad part is there are those that think that church members are useless - and they make those comments like "oh, you are JUST a church member." To think that without church members, you wouldn't have anyone to preach to or encourage others to come or keep coming! Counting one part of the body as useless is warned against in scripture - we are all part of the body of Christ and as has been said before, there are no big I's and little U's.

Tricia said...

Hi Bev,
I can't imagine what place someone must be in spiritually to tell another "Oh you are JUST a church member"! How very sad for that person! They are in need of prayer for sure! No one has "arrived" so to speak no matter what their position in the Church. No one person is any better than the other. Sounds like perhaps this person thinks one can get closer to God by their level of good works in the church??? Yikes!! Just keep on doing what you're doing girl, and pray for those that seek to bring others down!

Anonymous said...

I agree Tricia!

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