You were once a faithful member of a church. You served possibly in more than one ministry and gave your absolute best in whatever you did. You tithed faithfully every
time you received any income. A feeling of excitement leapt through you every time you thought of church!
You couldn’t get enough of the worship music. You drove around with it playing in your car every where you went. Every message you heard from the pastor was uplifting and awesome. Everything in your life revolved around church. Your best friends hung out there and you couldn’t wait to go there just that one more time. It was such a fun place to be. Church was the best thing that ever happened to you.
And then it happened! One day you heard a prominent member of your church speak disparagingly about a fellow member. You were absolutely shocked. How could a fellow Christian behave this way? But you put it down to human weakness. You prayed for this member and you let it go.
Sometime passed and then again it happened. This time you overheard someone talk about how the pastor only had his favourites in the important positions of the church. Again you were shocked. You didn’t believe it. In your heart you felt that Gods hand was on your pastor as he delivered such an inspiring message during the morning service.
But then a strange thing happened. After the service when you walked up to him you felt that he just brushed you off with a curt Hi. A few minutes later one of his “favourites” that you heard mentioned earlier, walked up and said Hi. And the pastor was all over him. So you concluded that what you heard about your pastor might be true.
Gradually ever so imperceptibly without you ever realising it church became a drag. It was a place whose relevance in your life steadily decreased. Church was only about church. That was something you attended only on a Sunday. Soon you felt it became a place full of hypocrites who got together to gossip about others while preaching about love.
Finally one day you had enough. While serving in your chosen ministry that day you felt ill at ease. You realised that it was never your calling. A little while later during the service you found the worship music terrible! Then during message you looked upon the pastor and his “favourites” and a feeling grabbed you. You felt that they only wanted you there for your money. You felt they were using you because you were “dumb” enough to volunteer unquestioningly.
At the end of the service while walking out of church that day a fellow church member pulled you aside and whispered in your ear saying “Watch out, the pastors “favourite” is running you down behind your back”
That was the final straw! You walked away feeling shattered. How could “they” behave like this when you had done so much? You felt so demeaned. You were very angry. You decided to “show them”. The next Sunday you simply stopped going. You decided “No more. They are all a bunch of hypocrites and users”.
While this story is hypothetical many of us have been in a similar situation. We feel betrayed and hurt because of our conclusions about the way someone in church treated us. Sometimes our conclusions are a result of a misunderstanding on our part but quite often they are accurate and our feelings of hurt are justified.
That is why if you have been in such a situation and you feel hurt and burned out we understand how you feel. The bible says there is a time to laugh and a time to weep. It takes time to come to terms with being hurt.
But I am here to ask you not to let a season of mourning become a lifetime of sorrow. You are a child of The Most High God. No matter what others think about you God cares for you. Get up, shake it off and put your shoulders back knowing that you are unique and special in His eyes and that he has a great plan for your life.
In the Bible we encounter Samuel who was chosen to anoint the first King of Israel. Samuel must have been on top of the world when he was called to do that. And then suddenly he finds that Saul loses favour and is rejected by God. Imagine how that would have affected him.
He probably went into a period of depression. How many times must Samuel have felt “If only this” or “if only that” Saul would have still been on the throne and I would have been his prophet. How he must have shut himself away from his friends because he was afraid they would snicker behind his back at his “failure”! How often would he have got up in the morning feeling wretched about facing the day ahead because his greatest achievement was snatched away from him and that he would never get that opportunity again?
But then one day God tells Samuel ““How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
Samuel shakes his feelings off and gets up and has another go. Imagine how hard it must have been for him to put the past behind. But put it behind he did and he ended up anointing David- possibly the greatest king of Israel who ended up in the lineage of Christ.
But what if Samuel stayed put feeling dejected and sorry for himself? What if he felt that he had blown his greatest opportunity in life and that he would never see something like that again?
Friend, today God is calling you to put your past behind. Don’t let the past discourage you! Like Samuel your best days are ahead. God has placed a David in your future for you to annoint. He has great things in store for you that only you have been handpicked to do?
The question is are you going to put your feelings of hurt behind? Are you going to fill your horn with oil and go confidently into the future knowing that God has a plan for you? If you are then you will discover that you will walk into His blessing and that your greatest days are yet to come. It is time to have another go.
Why don’t you connect with us? We have been through the feelings of hurt and disillusionment that you are currently experiencing. Come back once again and discover your true calling. While the enemy may have used your experiences to keep you depressed and dejected God can use these very same experiences to take you to a place you could never have imagined possible
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