Most Christians have abandoned the fact that God has a purpose for their lives and have joined the church wagon, spending a good portion of their time volunteering in church. I define “churching” as when an individual spends more than 50% of their time in church or doing church related work. God created everybody for a specific purpose. He called certain pastors to start a church or ministry of some kind because He (God) saw the need for such ministries. However as congregation members we need to take a break from time to time and understand that our purpose in life is relevant and our purpose most likely has nothing to do with the church. We cannot spend majority of our time helping a pastor accomplish his purpose in life while ignoring other areas in life where God wants us to participate. There needs to be that time of reflection where we commune with God and find out how He wants us to live and help others. The world is bigger than our various churches. The reason for our existence needs to remain in our line of sight.
Today there are people that stay in church Sunday to Sunday, they attend every mid-week service and Sunday service and are highly involved in activities in the church. I used to be one of these people, until it dawned on me that there has to be more. My sole purpose in life cannot be to keep going through the motions and spend my life accomplishing someone else’s purpose. Then I began to ask the question, what is the purpose of the church and is getting out of the church the right thing to do? The bible says in Hebrew 10:15 “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” So I know that leaving the church is not an option. However I realized that I needed to stop burning the candle on both ends trying to fulfill church’s mission, I realized the need to make my purpose in life a priority. Not accomplishing God’s purpose for my life is not an option. I cannot imagine that God’s purpose for my life is to be the best choir member at church. That just seems too shallow and small for a God given purpose.
Most Christians find it difficult to say “no” to church assignment because they believe that saying no to church delegates’ means saying “no” to God. This cannot be furthest from the truth. Andrew Wommack always says “there is nothing you can do can make God love you more or less” and this is the truth. God does not love us more or less based on our performance, He loves us period. Whether or not you read your bible every day, whether or you attend every church service God loves you. This sounds too simple and some find it difficult to accept the fact that God loves them regardless of their performance but it is the truth. So when you say “no” to a church assignment you are not saying “no” to God and God does not hate you as a result and He will still bless you. There is nowhere in the bible that God state that His blessing is contingent upon how much we do for Him.
If you are too busy with church work to give your family and employer quality time and work, you have missed it. The church will use you if you let it but you need to realize that God has a purpose for your life.
Written By Lola Fajemirokun