Thanks for taking the time to respond to my question about what to blog about, both on the blog and in person. People seemed inclined to go for my idea. So here goes.
Remember this is not scientific, not really in order (#9 is not worse than #10 etc.). It’s just my random but collected thoughts after being a follower of Jesus and pastor for a while.
We’ll start with the top ten traps that I’ve seen Christians fall into. One every day or two for the next while. Remember, I myself have fallen into all of these at one point or another, so this is in no way an ‘I know better thing’. We’re all in the same boat. We just don’t want it to take on water…..
#10. Confusing How You Serve God with Your Identity as a Follower of Jesus
I’ve seen this way too many times. Serving God is great, and biblical. But too often we get so hooked on what we do for Him that it becomes our identity in Him.
We are worshipers of Jesus first, and servants of Him second. In the church, so many people fuse their identity with what they do (their role) that it becomes deeply unhealthy.
If you got cut from your worship team, stepped back from the usher team, told you weren’t need to do sound again, wouldn’t be leading a small group, or told you wouldn’t be preaching anymore, would your love for God be threatened? Would you still worship? Would you dig deep into the Word? Would you pray with gratitude? I’ve seen too many people only go to church when they serve or play or preach. That’s not really worship. That’s a gig. Underneath it (often) is a very insecure person who feels they need something to make them "acceptable" or "meaningful". Nothing could be further from the truth. We have value — enough for Jesus to die for us. That should be where we start.
If your service/job could be taken away from you and you could still have full participation in the life of Jesus, then you’ve probably got a healthy attitude toward how you serve God. You serve Him because you love Him, and you serve Him out of gratitude for what He’s done for you.
How do you combat this trap? I remind myself virtually every week that what I do is a privilege. It’s not why God loves me and not why I love Him. I also read daily bible passages that have nothing to do with what I preach and pray about lots of things that are about "life", not just church. I remind myself I’m a worshiper first, a servant second, a preacher third. It helps. Ironically, when I get that order right, it actually frees me up to serve God far better than when I’ve got it wrong, because when it’s wrong my service is about me, not Him.
Anything in your heart need adjusting?