Ms. C was a middle-aged woman who was very skilled, had studied hard and had many outstanding experiences with the Lord. She was by far not perfect but she humiliated herself constantly before God just like King David did in Psalm 51. Even though she was not famous; God knew who she was because she was a “prayer warrior”. She would find herself talking to God in those wee hours at 1, 2 or 3 AM; or whenever God would wake her up. She had seen visions of the Rapture, had spiritual fights with demons, joined intercessions with other spiritual warriors for the healing of the sick, the deliverance of the strong held and the petitions of the weary. God had forgiven Ms. C’s many, many sins; and she was very, very grateful.
“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven-for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.” Luke 7:47
Ms. C joined a church where she wanted to work for the Lord. She was happy to offer her many skills and knowledge for the service of God’s work. Her new pastor was happy to have her join the church. He was well-known by many people in different ministries. He had always served the Lord. He used to have a huge ministry but was now a pastor. At first, he started letting her participate actively in lots of activities. Ms. C was content on doing something to please the Lord.
One time during a night service, a young preacher visited the church and gave Ms. C a message from the Lord: “Work and obey Me…OBEY, OBEY”. For some reason, Ms. C could never forget that message.
Meanwhile, the pastor wanted to reorganize the church and have a new leadership at church. It seemed that many things were going on and old leaders were being rivaled by a new group that had joined the church.
Many of the new members at church had their own agenda, they wanted to have the better positions, they wanted the titles and all the leading roles at every activity and the pastor backed them up. When the new organization ended, old leaders were seated down and new leaders were named and took control.
Unfortunately, Ms. C was overlooked and ignored when the time came to give the most important positions in church. Even her professional background was not considered when naming came in a leadership position where she knew that she could further her work for the Lord. The pastor’s son was named to the position that she was professionally and spiritually prepared for. She thought that there was nothing wrong with the pastor wanting to further his son’s ministry at church, but the truth was that the youngster lacked the experience, the knowledge and the spiritual growth needed for that relevant leadership position. She was disappointed; but at 3 AM the next morning she was praying and crying before the Lord. She was comforted and decided to keep working. The Lord backed her up in everything that she did, even if it wasn’t much.
Even though Ms. C was totally capable of being a leader; her pastor and other churchgoers always questioned her capabilities and knowledge. Remembering the message that she had received, she wanted to do God’s will not man’s will. She tried to keep herself away from comments when she noticed that some things were wrong. For some reason, it seemed to her that it wasn’t in their best interest that she should have a relevant role at church.
Then, God opened a door where she could study the Word of God and further herself in a serious ministry. But, unfortunately her pastor didn’t like that. Telephones were ringing, bad intended comments started spreading and other leaders frowned at Ms. C as if she was doing something wrong.
But the time came when she was tired of being overlooked and not appreciated for her skills, experience and knowledge. She felt stuck….she wanted to help others who felt the same way. Other talented churchgoers were also seated and ignored. She wanted to do much more not just be a back stage lackey for other leaders. Then, something happened….
A time came when she didn’t want to work anymore. She went to church, sat down, heard the service and then went home. She kept praying and wondering….was that “it”? What had happened to all of the promises that God had made to her? She had a lot of free time and there was a lot of work to do at church. But she didn’t want to work there no more. She loved the people there….but she hated the constant backbiting coming from the altar. So she did what many others do when the gossip and the lack of work affects a Christian: she stayed home.
The only difference was that she kept praying and working at her own pace. She wasn’t proud of staying home but at church she wasn’t being spiritually nurtured. She felt tortured…. Months went by but she kept praying and reading her Bible.
“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25
One good day, Ms. C encountered an old pastor she knew from way back. They started talking and she sent her regards to his wife; whom she knew well. The old pastor invited Ms. C to his church. Her heart was trembling….how much she longed to go to the Lord’s house to praise Him. She missed that so dearly. She accepted the invitation.
Long story short: she now works at church, helping with her knowledge and using her God-given skills to further His work. Her skills are growing so she can give unto others from what she has been given.
“For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance….” Matthew 25:28
The church where she serves now grows constantly. They fast and pray every week; they have services every other day, Bible studies, different ministries that work hard for His glory. Her pastors are humble servants who have never been famous but seek His guidance and appreciate each churchgoer letting them be fruitful. Ms. C is now content; free of the backbiting, the stockiness and the spiritual hunger.
Meanwhile, the church she left… isn’t growing. Lack of fasting, praying and wasting time in gossiping can do that to a church.
“Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” Matthew 25:28