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Question:

My church encourages the congregation to get involved in the meetings and activities. Sometimes though, it feels like I am attending out of duty (fear of disappointing others) rather than desire. How do I balance ‘performance’ with ‘expectations’?

 
Answer:

One of the important things Christians must realise is that ‘serving God’ and ‘serving the church’ is not one and the same thing. Our allegiance is, first, to God and we express that allegiance by our lifestyle.

We have to obey the leading of the Holy Spirit (sometimes in spite of the busy schedule of our local church) and take care of our families and our means of support (business). Unhappy families do not make happy churches and neither does lack of finance. Busy church members, passing each other like ships in the night, will pay the price.

This is God’s order – God first, then family, employment and then the church programme. Everything should be in its rightful place and order, not using any area of our lives as an excuse to neglect other equally important issues. Jesus said He did nothing without the Father’s leading (John 5:30), nor did He say anything without His Father’s direction (John 8:28). We have to make up our minds to have God’s smile on our lives, rather than the approval of people, learning to “obey God rather than men” Acts 5:29. The result will be a fulfilling spiritual life, happy families, good jobs and blessed churches.

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