It seems there is a fine line between a motivational speech and a guilt trip.
Many times, within the church walls, I hear words that are meant to inspire, yet all I hear is:
“You’re not doing enough”
Of course there are times that is true. And I’m sure some people need to hear that message. Sometimes we aren’t doing enough and God is trying to wake us up.
But what about those of us who fill our schedules with ministry, spending time with the people and things we feel God has called us to? I don’t know about you, but I begin to feel guilty and overwhelmed. I start to think wow am I really not doing enough? But then I look at my life and there’s no more room. I begin to think,
” Geez! I want to help everybody but I just don’t have the time and money to save them all ! What do you want from me? ”
Have you felt condemned by a sermon, a book, or a person who may have had good intentions ? How can we tell the difference between conviction and condemnation?
We hear them out and then we come before God and pray. We ask God.
Your calling is between you and God. People can be used by God to guide us, but ultimately we are following God’s calling on our lives and that calling may be different than someone else’s.
If you know God has called you to work within the homeless ministry at this moment in your life, and someone is passionately telling you you should be working to save people from sex trafficking, don’t start to feel guilty! Ask God if that is where he wants you to go. God doesn’t call us all to the same thing. Yes we should keep an open mind to where God can lead us. Maybe people will plant seeds in your heart that will grow later, and one day you will find yourself in a different ministry.
Some of us are called to go to another country and work with children.
Some of us are meant to share the Gospel with those at our 9-5 job.
Some are designed to write books.
Some are created to help fight sex trafficking.
Some are meant to focus on raising their children.
Some are called to short term missions trips.
Don’t let some one else’s calling make you feel guilty. If you are praying and asking God for guidance, than you are right where where you should be. When we are passionate about what God is doing in our lives let’s encourage and not condemn. Let’s listen to God and follow where he lead us. Let’s do everything unto the Lord.
” As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to one hope when you were called— one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. … It was he who gavesome to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. ” Ephesians 4:1-13