I grew up in the church. Involvement was mandatory. We had to be front and center for all to see. I ushered on Sundays, performed in Jesus Christ Superstar, and was given solos in the choir. Anyone who knows me in my adult season would be surprised by those things. So when the opportunity presented itself, I used it as an excuse to step away from the church. How can someone be so involved but feel so empty? My purpose was nonexistent, because I “played church” instead of living it out in my life.
Part of the problem was that I didn’t know about purpose, and the adults didn’t understand how to point the youth toward seeking meaning. My soul was malnourished because our souls are only nourished when we step into purpose. Like most people, I understood more as I matured. Finding purpose became an essential part of my life, but I struggled to find that in the church once again.
Fast forward a few years, and we found ourselves in Ohio. For the first time, I prayed to God to help me find my purpose in a place I didn’t want to be.
37 “You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. 38 I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”
A short season later, we found CedarCreek. This was the first church that emphasized finding purpose and had a system in place to help everyone discover theirs. When we pray, point me, we need to be open to playing the part God has called us to play in the story. Being open to playing is accepting the invitation, and it’s much more satisfying than being forced to play church.
Have you ever asked God for something but weren’t willing to live it out? How does your soul feel when you know you aren’t where God is calling you to be?
Ask God for vision in your request, and be faithful where he places you. Take GrowthTrack if you haven’t, or retake it if it has been a few years. Don’t allow pride to stop you from completing the work someone else has already started.
21 Days of Prayer: Day 18
Dear God, today we pray for the life-giving message of Jesus to be spread throughout our world. We pray for churches everywhere to be places of hope and healing to their communities. We pray for the global movement of people serving you to be empowered and equipped to make a difference both today and for all of eternity. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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