I Am Nothing If Not Somewhat Useful

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Have you ever felt like there is no place for you in your church? Or do you feel you are in a season, or perhaps even a lifetime, of uselessness?

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24 ESV)

Have you ever felt like there is no place for you in your church? That for whatever reason, you are in a season, or perhaps even a lifetime, of uselessness?

  • Perhaps you are new to the fellowship and are in a waiting period before becoming engaged.
  • Or maybe you are too ill and just getting through the doors each week is hard enough.
  • Harder still, you could be going through a crisis of faith and have consciously pulled away from ministry until you are properly under the submission of God.

Whatever the reason, being ‘outside’ of the normal goings-on in a church family can be a very lonely and frustrating place to be; I have experienced all three reasons listed above. In fact, just recently when being thanked for doing a mundane task, I was embarrassed and blurted out, ‘I am nothing if not somewhat useful’. I don’t honestly even know what that means, but it was clearly the condition of my heart. To me, it was awkward to be shown appreciation for something I deemed, ‘silly and small’.

But what I’ve learned is that we are never truly, excused from family duties. The Lord can and will use us – just maybe not in the capacity that we are used to. We need to be open to whatever He calls us to do . . . and be okay with not having our names written on the church bulletin. After all, it’s written down somewhere else!

Father, forgive us for being discouraged when we can’t be fully engaged. Help us to not let lack of earthly recognition make us feel useless in Your Kingdom . . . but rather joyfully embrace each and every opportunity to be Your hands and feet. Amen!

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