One of life’s greatest challenges is figuring out how we fit in. What is our role? What is our purpose? Without that clarity, we flounder around either doing other jobs that aren’t ours to do, or we do too little and aren’t productive. God has a specific role for us in groups and situations He places us in. The challenge is to seek His wisdom in what that is, stick to that role, and let others do their role.
When I first started working at the church, I faced this challenge. What is my role – the one God gave me, not my job description? As I prayed and pondered, I found that I struggled with seeing things that, in my opinion, were wrong and wanting to jump in and fix them or change them. Then God gave me a clear vision for my role as an administrator.
He showed me the Israelites who returned from exile and started rebuilding the cities. As they did so, they faced attacks from the enemy. So they put watchmen on the walls. Their job was to see danger and sound the alarm. How the leaders and soldiers responded wasn’t their job. Neither was it their job to jump down and fight. Their job was simply to watch and raise awareness of what they perceived to be danger.
God showed me that that is my role as a church and college administrator. Do my job, keep an eye out for “danger”, and raise the alarm. That’s it. I need to trust God with the rest and accept whatever happens from there. No making myself crazy trying to take care of everything and everyone. Just stay on the wall, keep watch, sound the alarm, and trust God enough to let it go.
Many of you may be struggling to find your place and where you fit. Take some time to seek God’s wisdom, and perhaps stop trying to do it all. We all have a part to do, but it is only a part. You don’t have to do it all. Trust God to take care of the rest.
I sometimes worship at home along with YouTube videos. Last night, I was entering the throne room of heaven along with the Bethel worship team, and they do something called “spontaneous worship”. If you were at our church worship night in August, you’ve been part of this. Spontaneous worship is simply you singing to God whatever you want to say to Him. Anything that is on your heart, instead of praying a silent prayer, you can sing as a declaration. It’s a personal act of worship with no script, just your spirit communing with God’s.
Last night, the worship leader was singing, “No more separation, You have closed the distance between earth and heaven.” What came up in my heart and mind as she was singing was not praise, it was fear.
Jesus has a plan for our world, and He has called me to be part of it. When she sang, “no more separation,” what I heard was, “you’re being watched.” As I brought this feeling to the Lord, He immediately poured grace over my troubled soul.
God showed me that how He does ministry is very different than how I always have. My strategy is to listen, isolate the biggest needs, and get to work on solving them. Then I find the next need, and solve that one. Jesus’ ministry was always to be present with people. When He listens to you, you know that He’s tuned in. Because He lives in the present, not stressing about future things, He is able to hear the still, small voice of the Father telling Him how to proceed.
I don’t remember the last time I did that. I don’t remember the last time I slowed down enough to listen without trying to fix. To listen with faith enough to let go of the control I think I have, and trust God to lead His people without me helping Him. I’m slowly learning to live in the present moment, and that brings me peace.
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