3. Become a Part of the Solution
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I’ll be honest, when I was in the consumer (or receiving) stage of my spiritual development I didn’t really notice the issues within my church. Let’s face it, every church has problems, namely for the reason that it’s run by people, and people, well we can get pretty people-y, can’t we?
As I’ve grown in engagement with my church I’ve often found myself frustrated. Sometimes this is because of organizational structures, or lack thereof. Other times I’ve been frustrated by how things are communicated. I even get frustrated by other people whose personalities rub me the wrong way.
When this happens to us, we typically have two options.
- We can sit in our frustration, which typically leads to grumbling. Grumbling is a close friend of complaining. Complaining solves basically nothing.
- Instead, we can choose to engage. We can understand that we, individually, are in fact a part of the church, and have an opportunity to seek resolution, peace and unity.
If you’re choosing to engage, consider the words of Paul in Colossians 3:14-16: “Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
For some, the jump from consumeristic Christianity to an action-packed faith-life can feel like making a leap across the Grand Canyon. That bold move into action pulls us out of our comfort zones and into something bigger than we are.
For others, the leap is a mere step. I’ve met people, through my work in ministry, who show up for church one Sunday, get saved the next and begin serving in some area of the church within weeks. Something within them has been seemingly whispering, “it’s time” to their souls.
There isn’t a specific recipe or outline for how this transition should occur, nevertheless many of our gospel accounts show a transition to faith and then the physical action of picking up mats, throwing over nets, and physically following Jesus.
As you consider your next steps, do so with prayer and anticipation. I love asking God, before I engage in action, “What are you doing here, and how can I be of best use?” As we keep our eyes trained on what God is doing we often will experience a deep satisfaction within our souls.
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