Do it! Go for it! Love it! Perform with excellence! (I sure hope it doesn’t involve sin e.g. pornography. Yes, Virginia, even looking is participating. It is sin)
Jesus told us to occupy until He comes again. But He needs you to know He wants to use your passions, interests, etc. If your ministry is outreach, may your heart remain on fire. If your heart leads you to study in the Word to uplift and instruct The Body, share with me. The Body is composed of many members none of whom can perform well in all areas but can be excellent in one or a few — the heart and the liver function differently but both are necessary.
There are many things to do for mankind requiring different levels of character components. “Feed my sheep” but are we to feed them with the same food the same way over and over? Is variety a spice in this case? For example, in the field of medicine, a researcher whose passion is analysis through a microscope likely makes a lousy pediatrician, an area that requires specific people skills. However, they depend on each other to paint the portrait of excellent care for the patient. The same is true in the church. Within the Body, there are those whose function(s) — foreign mission giving, the food line at the homeless shelter, sequestered studying or one that can be the most mis-interpretive of character, The Watchman, warning of Jesus’ return and the signs of His coming — are equally vital to the spread of the gospel. That last one can really tick people off and produce the most vicious hateful flack of ginormous proportion even from within the Body. “You have no love!!” Be strong! You may appear to lack the sweeter fruits of the Spirit but God knows your heart and motives. Stay the course He’s called you to in the face of critics who don’t like to hear they’re in sin who must attack you to justify their actions and those on the inside who believe their ministries are more important or relevant than any and everyone else’s.
In the church body, in the church building, God uses the music program as a carrot to lure the unsaved — emotion is not a bad thing when God is using it. When the visitors become Be-Backers and want to learn more, God uses the teachers who may or may not be able to carry a tune in the proverbial bucket yet their hearts burn for analysis of The Word to transfer Truth to power in those whose passion is to witness.
You get the picture? God can use you where you are. But, what if what you’re interested in, the thing that is your pastime pleasure, doesn’t appear to have anything to do with faith outreach or church involvement? God can use that too. I think of a conversation in the movie City Slickers. They were sitting around the camp fire. The men were talking baseball statistics. The lone female couldn’t understand. Her conversations were about relationships, what’s working, what’s not. She asked how baseball stats could be so important that that’s all they talked about. The response was from a man who had nothing in common with his father. The relationship was pain. But they both liked baseball. They had something that allowed conversation, a conduit for communication, their only link to each other.
One of my passions is my genealogy hobby. If anyone wants to talk to me about it, I have information on the ancestors that is a testimony. Their stories and circumstances are a testimony of my tree to me. God can use them still, through me but only if I share. In today’s world, online networking is hot e.g. Facebook. You’re reading another form — blogging. God can use it if your heart burns for outreach. It’s a colossal waste of time if it’s purely personal fluff as in “look at me, look what I did today.” Neither should it be purely political or preaching. May I suggest that after a weeks’ worth of commentary, your readers have a fair glimpse into your heart.
Matthew 28: 19-20, known as The Great Commission is stated in the KJV as “Go.” The original language is more correctly translated as “As you go..” or “going.” This was such a relief for me. The Bible college I went to in Minneapolis was primarily a missions training school. I honestly felt that because I didn’t hear a voice saying “Go to Africa!!” I was an abysmal failure as a Christian. But when you know not every Christian is suited for foreign missions, and Jesus knew that, you can joyfully pursue what He want you to do where you are and let Him direct your steps, not necessarily trips to faraway continents.
As you go — to work, on the highway (don’t forget God’s a mind reader), in the church lobby, at the grocery store checkout lane, on Facebook, around the family holiday dinner table — make disciples, teaching His commandments according to Matthew 28: 19 and 20 all the way to the end of the age.
You will be persecuted by those to whom the Truth is offensive. But Jesus chose the foolishness of preaching to draw men to Him. “In this world you will have trouble.” Yeah, no kidding. Be strong.
Anybody is somebody who is serving in the house of God, working in the body of Christ.