I Didn’t Need God-Yikes!

Have you gotten to a place where you are so good at what you do that you really don’t need God’s help anymore? Be honest!! Well, I will be honest. I have been there. I have been to a place where everything in children’s ministry is rolling, in a groove and besides the usual recruiting needs I felt like I didn’t need God’s help! I knew in my head that I should have God’s help, but I got so comfortable with the God-given talents and abilities He gave me that I would churn things out without God’s input.

This is a BAD place to be. Whenever I begin to feel like this anymore, I feel like I need to do something out of the ordinary—something that will stretch me and force me to rely on God. It’s okay to be good at what you do. God created you to be the best you and gave you talents to be a great. However, sometimes like Saul, we forget who called us in the first place. Here are some good things to keep in mind when you feel like you don’t need God:

1. Live a thankful life. Remember, to appreciate and thank God often. This reminds you that even though you are good at what you do, it’s God who gave you that ability.
2. Do something that will stretch you. Do something you know you can’t accomplish except with God’s help alone.
3. Set outrageously high goals. Remember, we serve a God who will do “exceedingly, abundantly above all we can ask or imagine.”
4. Allow someone the ability to speak into your life who can challenge and push you.

I know I’m probably the only one who’s ever felt like this, but…I would love to hear of instances where you turned into a machine and cranked things out without really going to God. How did you come to the realization that you never went to God and what was the end result?

PJ

1 comment

  1. Great points. I’m reminded of the story in Joshua 9 when the Israelites made a treaty with the Gibeonites without first inquiring of the Lord (Joshua 9:14). It seemed like the right thing to them, but they needed to consult the Lord. I think the same can be true for our ministry. If we get caught in just doing what we think is best without seeking the Lord, we really won’t make that eternal positive impact that God wants to make through us and will probably end up with negative consequences. God knows what is best. We just need to learn to listen and seek Him first – Matt. 6:33.

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