Stuck in the middle: How YOU and your Church are holding you back
The desire for more continues to grow deep within. You try to suppress it by all kinds of activity, some good some bad. It cannot be denied and will not stop as long as you have breath. Reaching high levels of achievement in relationships, status and finances are realized without satisfaction. As you begin to question the things you are doing and the people you are with, you realize your lack of wholeness. God has placed eternity in your heart and He is calling. You have grown accustomed to tuning out the silent whispers of your daydreams. And what about those late-night visions of godly purposes projected in your mind?
You were created for great things.
Hearers and Doers
There are people in need and they are waiting, not just for you to become a better self, they need you to be-YOU. All across the world, millions gather in churches each week searching for inspiration and revelation. In plain sight leaders are living out their dreams by putting their gifts into practice to serve others. I enjoy hearing ministers encourage others to exercise their calling. However, it has been a little frustrating to see ministers use others, even the needy, to materially enrich their own lives. Being in that type of church environment will not assist you in answering your call. Overcome this hindrance with prayer by letting God reveal if the problem is them or you. And if the church truly is not based on God and His Word, let your feet get you far away as fast as they can. Do not delay.
You know what you should be doing. Start right now. You are afforded time, so get to it-no more excuses.
You have waited long enough
For me, one of those passions is writing. Like so many of you I have planned and talked about several things I want to do, only to forgo the opportunities. Well I have heard plenty of speeches and witnessed others doing things long enough. Now I get it and want you to also. All are designed by the Creator God, which lends us abilities to be creative.
You have enough qualifications and stuff. The emptiness inside can only be filled with God. 11He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good as long as they live; 13 and also that every man should eat and drink and see and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God. 14 I know that whatever God does, it endures forever; nothing can be added to it nor can anything be taken from it, for God does it so that men will fear and worship Him [with awe-filled reverence, knowing that He is God]. (Ecclesiastes 3:11-14)
Your audience matters
Be willing to give up your many substitutes and let God fill the void. He must take the preeminent position. Surround yourself with people who have your best interest at heart, mind and soul. Not only can you learn and be nurtured from those around you, but also from those in the bible. Reading their stories might surprise you, but they will encourage you to charge forward. If God used them He can surely use you. Perform for an audience of ONE. 23Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve. 25 For he who does wrong will be punished for his wrongdoing, and [with God] there is no partiality [no special treatment based on a person’s position in life]. (Colossians 3:23-25) Essentially, it comes down to pleasing God with what He has given you.