Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
I have served at the church for as long as I can remember. Starting as an 8-year-old playing piano in kid’s church (one-handed because that is all I could do at the time), to leading worship for the youth group, to now leading as the Creative Arts Director. Being a 26-year-old serving at my church for nearly 20 years has brought its ups and downs. Sometimes I’ll have a fire for God, feeling like my spiritual gifts and talents are being fully utilized to further the kingdom of God. Other times, I’ll feel burnt out and spiritually dry.
It is a vicious cycle for many leaders and volunteers in the church. I know I’m not alone! I find that these waves of emotions are closely linked to my personal relationship with Jesus and the time that I spend reading the word and in prayer. As much as we would like to believe that we can do life on our own, WE TRULY CAN’T. Serving others requires that we be filled ourselves before we can pour out onto others.
So how do we live a life filled with the Holy Spirit?
1. Be obedient
Acts 5:32 says “We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”
At a very young age I knew I enjoyed music and playing music came easy to me. I knew that this was a God-given talent that he wanted me to use to further his kingdom. I was obedient and I am so glad I was! What is God telling you to do? How can you use your God-given talents to further his kingdom?
It’s that simple… Yet, it is something that I often forget to do. Matthew 7:7 says, ““Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
In those seasons that you are feeling dry, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you. Spend time in prayer and ask for his guidance. And keep asking! If you need to drink water every day to stay healthy, why not ask the Holy Spirit to fill you every day???
3. Don’t go alone
Lastly, find someone in your life that cares about you and that can continually pray for you. This can be your pastor, a best friend, a family member, or someone on the prayer team at church. This is someone that can keep you accountable and build you up. We are all in this together and we should not underestimate the power of prayer for one another.
I can confidently say that serving in the church has changed me. It has shaped who I am today and it has been the main source of positive, Godly relationships in my life. If you have any hesitation of getting involved in the church, I say just go for it! It is something that will shape you and sharpen your gifts and talents given to you by God.
Easter is coming up and is a great time to serve! At the very least, you can fill out a serve form and someone will reach out to you and we will find a time and place that works best for you to get involved.
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You are gifted and you are valued!
Creative Arts Director