Recently we have been talking to churches and individuals in Ghana about getting out of the church and doing what God has asked you to do. What we meant by this is that we’ve found that 90% of the people who go to church are there just to be fed by the pastor or minister. When have also spoken here in Southampton England about how the church has gone stagnant, and it needs a great awakening.
If you look around on a Sunday the same people are the ones working to keep the service flowing. The same people are going up front to speak, read, or testify. Are these people more holy that you? Do they have some special link to God that allows them to have a more blessed life than you? The answer is no. They just made the choice one day to serve God and said to him “Use me Lord.”, and he did. So what do we need to do, so we know what God has called us to do?
The first thing is to get to an Elijah Project near you! It’s a 12 week course designed to help you get a foundation in Christ, followed by 4 weeks of digging out the issues that have kept you held back, and finally the last stage of the Elijah Project is where you develop your calling in God.
So when people go to church and get fed on the Word and don’t do anything with it that is when they become fat and lazy in Christianity and what we call a diabetic Christian. That doesn’t mean that all people who are fat are diabetic, but large obesity does lead to medical complications, such as diabetes. You need to get out and exercise to get rid of excess fat, and you need to do the same thing when you get fed by the Word. You need to get out and DO something with the Word you’ve been given. God doesn’t do things just for one person, he does things through one person to reach many.
The next thing you need to do is find people whom you can reach. God will put you in jobs specifically designed for your ministry. For example, I am a trainer for sales teams. If you know sales you know it’s a competitive environment, full of rejection, stress, and disappointment. It also, however, has great rewards if you persevere through those tough times. People in this world live life to the fullest, work hard play hard usually. They also do things that are directly contradictory to Christian living, drugs, sex, gambling, etc. God has put me in these worlds for one purpose, to show these people that God works. In one place I worked drug deals happened in the hallways in full view of everyone, after 6 months these were hidden. Sex in the bathrooms was common place in another job, and these stopped as well. Is it my presence that did these changes? No, it was purely that God was in me, and I let him shine out of me. Closet Christians came out and were more vocal about Christian ethics, and people also took an interest in how I could maintain such a steadfast and positive attitude no matter what was happening at work. God put me right where I needed to be, and he will do exactly the same for you.
The last thing you need to do, is look. Seek out ANY opportunity to reach out to people in your own unique way when they are in need. If someone comes to you with a problem, listen to them. If you feel inside yourself that God want’s you to minister in another country, get confirmation and go! You are built for this time and in this place, use your gifting and make use of what God has put within you.
For more information seek out an Elijah Project near you, if you want to teach an Elijah Project then get in touch with Jim & Dawn VanSice.