You are not entitled to anything. We live in a society where as we give, we are taught we should receive. We live in a place where people believe if they give something to you, you should give something to them. We have this, “You owe me,” mentality which is totally wrong.
The Bible instructs us to give and to do it joyfully. In order to live biblically and be love we need to give with no expectations in return. However, even Christians can’t do that. The amount of unfairness and offense plaguing Christians is astounding. I cannot believe how many Christians don’t see within themselves, to self-evaluate and to discover the offense and unfairness they are taking into their souls.
One of the most common statements I hear from Christians is that pastors don’t give them an opportunity to minister in their church. The people are offended and feel rejected because the pastor of their latest church didn’t embrace their idea that they thought was awesome. They get offended and leave that church to go to another one and have it happen all over again.
The common theme is that the pastors didn’t appreciate my anointing or that they were jealous of my anointing. Jealous of an anointing? Who are we to elevate ourselves so high to think someone would be jealous of our anointing. We are to be humble. If we were truly walking in humility than another person being jealous of our anointing would not even enter our minds. We are here to serve, not to think we are better than the next person.
What I want to convey to these people who think their pastor has been unfair, threatened, or rejected them is how are you going to give an account before God? What are you going to say to God? Well God I left that church before it was time because the pastor was threatened, in competition or jealous of my anointing? Really can you stand before God and consciously say that. Aren’t all men created equal and in the image of God in the Bible?
You need to get past yourself! You need to see the common denominator…YOU!!! That’s right
Y-O-U!!! You have a wrong perception of yourself. You know maybe that pastor didn’t give you a fair chance. Your responsibility is to love them anyways. Your responsibility is to forgive. Your responsibility is to be obedient to God. That is your responsibility and the sooner you learn that, perhaps the sooner God will give you the position you desire.
When a person is repeatedly offended in a church they need to look inside themselves to discover what they are doing to create that offense. Are they opening their mouth too much? Are they being prideful and bragging it’s all about me. Even our body language and lack of conversation can convey much.
The reality is we need to get past ourselves and serve as Jesus served with no expectations of anything in return. As a body of Christ we don’t know how to do that, because when pride binds you, you can’t see your own faults. Pride says, “I have no pride.” It does not allow us to be aware of what is so deeply hidden inside.
Moving forward the reality is, we are not “all that.” Until we discover who we are in Christ and whose we are, we are going to falter. Allow me to help you know who you are in Christ. If this blog is helpful please email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for our “Who Am I in Christ” booklet. It will be sent free of charge, please include your address. If you are in need of deliverance from past church hurts, please contact our ministry by filling out a prayer session application at www.degrawministries.org and we would be glad to assist you through those hurts on the way to victory.
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