Is it really just all about you?

I remember stressing over an exam and cleaning the oven until 3:00am. The oven got cleaned, but I don’t think it helped me with the exam.

I remembered this experience when I watched a friend of mine dive headlong into church activity. She joined the praise band, a small-group in her community and started volunteering with the youth.

She looked great. In fact, she looked a lot like my oven; all bright and shiny. She knew it, too.

Before long, she’d made her own bandwagon. Everyone, she said should get more involved in church. Look at me. I’m a real Christian.

Ah, the sweet seduction.

Seduction?

If the enemy can’t get us enveloped in some life-sucking sin or some interpersonal chaos, then he’ll overwhelm us with invitations to do good. This is when zeal runs amok.

No, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with joining the praise band, a small group or volunteering with the youth. There’s nothing wrong-er in that than cleaning the oven. It’s just that there are times to clean the oven and times to study for exams. There are invitations to get involved in different activities in church or in the community, but not all of these invitations come from God.

Sometimes, we can get so busy that we just ignore God. Or, we can get so focused on doing good that we’re really trying to earn our own spiritual points.

The important thing is to slow down or really, to stop.

A friend of mine told the story of sitting down with his schedule and praying through his activities. He was one of those people – involved in everything. He realized that his over-involvement was just good work designed to satisfy his own need to be a good person. In the end, he slashed almost everything off of his schedule, much to the chagrin of his church community. In place of activity, he learned to sit with God and that changed his life.

What about you? Are you doing the things God is calling you to or is it really just all about you?

About Kate McCord

A passionate Jesus-follower just trying to figure out how to live the life. Author: "In the Land of Blue Burqas"
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2 Responses to Is it really just all about you?

  1. Kathy Martin says:

    Hello Kate,

    This was really good!  So true and a much needed message for the church in America.  I have been discussing with my husband and my older son what I’ve learned about ministry.

    I love listening to people’s stories, those faith building stories.  For some time now I have wanted to start a ministry, I even have a name and logo for it.  But for now I am waiting.  I am actually doing what this ministry will be one day, but without the name and logo.  Every now and then I think to myself, “is this the time to officially start it?”  Then I don’t.

    I am sitting, I am waiting, I am praying.  I have read book after book, listened to more people’s stories on Moody, involved myself in many bible studies, etc.  Then it was too much. So now I have narrowed it down, I have slowed down, and I am waiting to hear from the One my heart desires to hear.  I am drawing near to Him, not activity.  

    As ministry opportunities come from Him, they are only as I can handle them.  He clears my schedule and says, “do this and only this right now.”  It has made me more effective, has drawn me closer to Him, and has not stressed my family out.  

    This is a much better way to live!  “My yoke is easy, My burden is light,”  Jesus was never in a hurry.  

    God bless you my sister, In Christ, Kate (Kathleen) Mart

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