We as the body of Christ are supposed to exemplify who Jesus is. The world or even fellow believers whose faith may need strengthening, should be able to come to us for love, wisdom and guidance in the Lord. In other words, we should be there for one another, just as God is always here for us. Joshua 1:5, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Sadly, the love of Christ was only shown in half the members of the church that Sarah attended, but Sarah had been a member of this church since she was a child. It wasn’t until she became an adult and began to be heavily involved in various ministries of the church, that she realized how much some of the members of the church weren’t there for God at all, instead they were there to support the church building, and not the church (body of Christ).
There were cliques in the church. There were the self proclaimed “perfect people” who never sinned a day in their life, and shunned anyone who looked as if they’ve sinned. There were the “day ones” who according to them, was with the pastor when he began his ministry out of his basement and believes their support (money) is what has brought the church from ten members to ten thousand. There’s the haves and the have nots. The close friends and family of the pastor, and to be honest the list goes on and on. Not everyone in the church is in these cliques, but there are many. The Pastor wasn’t a part of this foolishness, nor his wife, and many other members, and that is why Sarah stayed. 2 Timothy 3:1-5, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive,disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous,rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.”
It was tough for Sarah, having to deal with the negativity, because she dealt with a lot on her job all week, and then she would come to church and have to deal with the same foolishness from church folk. She talked to God a lot about leaving that church, but God told her that He needed her there. He encouraged her not to allow what was going on around her, to get inside of her. God reassured her that her calling was there, He needed her on the welcoming committee. A lot of older members (not in age, in membership) dropped the ball, and would leave the new members hanging. Some of the newer members had even come to Sarah and stated that before she’d reached out to them, the person who was assigned to them never made contact. Some new members felt as if they were thrown into a job they weren’t trained for, and yet was expected to know what to do. Sarah knew that was frustrating, because it actually happened to her five years ago when she first began her job. Sometimes when she was alone, Sarah cried, because there was so much opposition against her in church. She would come up with new ideas, and the clique of “old and set in their ways” would disregard it and try to keep things the way that they’ve always done it. One day she was praying that God change the hearts of the people within the church, and God told her, it wasn’t about those people changing, it was about Him using her to make a change.
You see, many people had come into that church seeking God, but ended up in a clique that had nothing to do with God, all because they were misguided from the beginning. There were some who came and joined the church, but left within a few short months because they didn’t feel welcomed, but ever since Sarah has been over the welcoming ministry, new members have become more engaged and all the new members have stayed. Sarah realized that although her calling seemed lonesome and she had to cry sometimes, God had put her in this position because she was born with a friendly welcoming spirit that genuinely loved people, and that’s what drew people to Christ. She had a gift that despite opposition, she was able to maintain her position in Christ, and after all, that’s what God wants from us all. It’s important to remember that God doesn’t always change the situation, sometimes He change you in the midst of the situation, and this my dear friends is what growth and having the strength of the Lord is all about. You were called for a purpose. You were called to be different. ❤️
1 Peter 4:8, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”