Over the last four years, I’ve had the privilege of being a blogger. Come Awake has been a platform through which I’ve been able to share spiritual lessons with readers
across the g l o b e .
For those of you who also write, you know the tremendous amount of time, effort and consistency it takes to keep a blog running – it is anything but easy!
Oftentimes, when we hear the word ministry it can seem a little daunting. I remember feeling that way when I first considering blogging. There are many questions that immediately pop up in our mind:
Do I have time?
What if I’m not good at it?
Do I have the resources?
Will I get along with the team?
Why me? What do I have to offer?
While some of these questions may be legitimate, oftentimes they are formed out of fear. As humans, it is natural for us to immediately question our abilities to serve in ministry instead of trusting that God has a plan and purpose behind our involvement.
“God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s provision.” | Hudson Taylor
There have been many different lessons I’ve learned in my time of ministry so far, but I’m choosing to share my top two with you. I hope this might encourage those of you who are on the fence about getting involved in the ministry God is leading you towards.
1. Be who you needed when you were younger.
This was a huge motivation for me as I wrote my blogs. Consider the lessons you wish someone would have tried to teach you before you learned them the hard way. Now, how can you share that advice in a positive way that could benefit someone else? The big idea here is community. Life is very lonely without a solid community. We can either shrink back into the shadows and hope that we go unseen, or trust God as we step out and share our story for the benefit and growth of other believers.
2. You don’t have to be a perfect person to be used by God.
I am far from perfect. If only you could see the hurtful words spoken, the less-than-Christ-like actions taken, and impure thoughts fashioned in this mind of mine. If God wanted perfect people in ministry, we would have no purpose.
But that is the beauty of the gospel!
God makes imperfect people perfect through the work of Christ. As a result, we get the opportunity to use the gifts He has given us to bless others and point to Him. So don’t focus on what you think makes you “ineligible” for ministry. Instead, ask God to reveal how you can use those imperfections to bring Him into focus.
And Christ gave gifts to people—he made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to have the work of caring for and teaching God’s people. Christ gave those gifts to prepare God’s holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Christ stronger. | Ephesians 4:11-12
Whether it’s blogging, serving meals, encouraging others or speaking to large crowds, do it with all your heart. Think of the talents and gifts that come naturally to you, and use them to bring God all the glory. I promise:
He can and will use you if you let Him.
Four years and 67 posts later, I have decided that it is time for me to say farewell to the Come Awake ministry. To all those who have encouraged me through your shares, likes, and comments over the years – I can’t thank you enough. You should know that the writers, designers, and admin behind this blog volunteer their time and efforts to bring you the content you see, and pray for you regularly. With that being said, I want to thank my team for being the best of the best. Working alongside you all has brought me so much joy. I thank God for each one of you! Know that I will always be praying for you!