Let’s Get Real About Works

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Photo by Maaike Nienhuis

When I became a mom my daughter was 7 years old. Confused? Let’s just say that she came into my life when she was 7 years old and I was not even ready but God had a plan. When she was 8 years old, she told me, “Mom we need to celebrate God,” that changed EVERYTHING. I came back to the Lord and started being a regular member of the local Christian church.

I was one of those church members who was the last one to come in and the first one out the door and in the car heading home. I really didn’t want to be connected because that would require me to do “work” and I didn’t want the responsibility. I figured, I was going to church and reading the word (sporadically) so that should be enough. It sure was more than I was doing a year ago. I liked flying under the radar. Again, God had another plan.

During the next 3 years after I came back to the Lord, I joined a small group (I know…a miracle) and I learned a lot – much more than I ever did in 4 years of Christian school (let me make clear that was not their fault, it was me). During this 3 year period, I and especially my daughter was put through a lot of tragedy. I won’t go into it but let’s just say it totally changed me. I wasn’t as trusting as I was (and I wasn’t all that trusting then). The idea of getting stuck into doing the work of the Lord was WAY OFF the radar now. I didn’t trust people but I trusted the Lord. I could depend on Him but not on people.

Fast forward to today. I decided the only way I would be held responsible to study the Word of the Lord consistently and do the work He has commanded us to do as followers of Jesus I would have to get “stuck in” to something. I was in the Missions Ministry in church with my husband but it was easy. My husband shared the responsibility so I really wasn’t doing a whole lot. I wasn’t in a ministry where others depended on me. I always avoided that. Partly because I didn’t want to let others down but more so, I didn’t trust others all that much. I knew getting into a ministry where people depended on me or where I was required to really connect would be uncomfortable. Truthfully, I would have to be vulnerable – connection requires vulnerability – and the idea of putting myself out there to be hurt was scary.

I can remember one day talking to the Lord and I said, I need to learn to make connections with other women, Lord we need an organized Women’s ministry. Immediately, I mean it wasn’t a second after I had the word ministry out of my mouth the Lord said, “then why don’t you start it.” YIKES! ME?!?! I sat with that for a long time until finally I submitted to the Lord, talked to my pastor, and now here I am part of a leadership team who organized a ministry. I love it. I love our women! It isn’t always easy, but it is ALWAYS worth it. In our Sunday School class, I’ve seen lives change. People who were hesitant on leading prayer now volunteer. It is AWESOME to watch God make an impact on others. I’ve seen others open up during our women’s meetings even though I knew it wasn’t easy for them. I’ve seen women take the lead and teach during a meeting. IT IS SOOOO COOL! God is so good and boy does He know way more than I do!

The reason I’m sharing this with you is that I’m seeing a weariness in our church. If I’m seeing it there I know its probably a problem churchwide. It has been said that 10% of the church members do 100% of the work. This is sad. We are ALL CALLED to do the work of the Lord on a continual basis. After all, isn’t being a Christian about serving others? Nowhere in scripture do I see where we are to be self-serving. If it’s there, let me know. It is time for more than 10% to stand up and do what they have been called to do.

 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  James 2:17-18

To the 10% I leave you with this verse:

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9

 

Love y’all!

 

Video Friday – Lecrae

As I was looking for a video for today, I had one thing in mind that I was looking for – a talk about listening. This has been on my mind since a conversation I had with my husband about listening (yes ladies, I had that discussion with my husband and he actually listened!). Anyhow, this video really isn’t what I was looking for but it was something I needed to hear (thank you Lord!).

I am getting ready to start a new job. To be honest, since being off for a couple months I have enjoyed the extra time with the Lord and I don’t want that to end. I even asked the Lord if it were possible for me to be able to go part time instead of full time because I didn’t want to stop doing those things I had more time for – making video’s, blogging, spending time with Him, oh yeah, and cleaning my house!

Then I come across this video. Truth is, I don’t have to separate the sacred from the secular. I’m born again, I take Jesus where ever I go. Watch this video. Although it is geared toward college age students, I promise you will get something out of it. I sure did.

 

Lecrae is a Christian hip-hop artist. His music has reached so many people for Christ. In fact, you will find part of his testimony in the video I have on here to learn about who Christ is and what He can do in a broken life (Click here for that video). 

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Video Friday – Women’s Role in the Body of Christ

I find this is not the easiest topic to discuss. Our culture is all about not assigning roles to women or men and if someone does try to do that…wow do we hear an uproar! However, scripture speaks specifically what the role of a woman, wife, husband, and father is and what it isn’t. If we as Christians believe the Bible is the inherent word of God, then we must believe everything in it is true, alive, and applicable for today.

This video is one of the best videos I’ve seen on explaining the roles of men and women. It’s short, and not exhaustive but it gets to the meat. Can a woman assume the role of pastor or elder? Can a woman biblically teach men? Watch this video and find out the answers.