So many people express a desire to put their spiritual gift work. They speak of starting ministries, doing something grand in the Kingdom of God but all the while, they cannot seem to commit to going to church, at the same church every Sunday.
How does one expect to start a ministry if one never commits and invests in anyone else’s ministry? How does one expect to build trust with a pastor or church leaders when one does not show up to church on a consistent basis? If one cannot be faithful in the small things, like church attendence how can one expect to trusted with great things?
Despite what some ministers and ministries may tell you, God doesn’t just hand over big responsibilities to untrained, unfaithful people. God always trains and equips those He calls. There are many times, He asks us to make a deeper commitment. He may require some things of you that He isn’t requiring from other people. He tests your resolve and your commitment. He wants to know He can trust you with a few things so one day He can make you ruler over many things.
Read Matthew 25, Jesus tells the parable of the faithful servant and the evil servant. The master tells the faithful servant “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things” (Matthew 25:23)
According to Webster’s (www.webster.com), Committed means to carry into action deliberately; to deliberately do something. Faithful means to steadfast in affection or allegiance: loyal: firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty. Committed and Faithful are both words that require action. You must do something.
Here’s the thing. With God we can choose to work with Him or He can work somethings in our lives despite us. There was a young pastor, Stan Mitchell who said, God gives us the opportunity to go to God’s Gym and train, exercise ourselves unto the man He has called us to be. Or He will put us on the chain gang, moving and busting up rocks…the same muscles get exercised but one way is much dirtier and sweatier. We get to decided.
I will take all of this a step farther and say this… You cannot be committed to Jesus Christ and not be committed to His bride, the Church. You cannot be a successful Christian without a godly pastor. You cannot grow with being plugged into a local body of believers.
If you want to use your spiritual gifts, get plugged into a local church. Make a commitment. Serve the body of local believers.