Another preacher asked me to sign up for ministry this week to use my gifts on a weeknight or Sunday morning. They even want me to equip me for this ministry, fulfilling their mandate in Ephesians. I work at a large company in the cities. It takes on hour to commute each day. My time is limited for God's work I guess. Let me see...
So on Monday mornings they have a men's accountability group that they want me to join. The elders encouraged me to get involved in a few guy's lives.But I have little kids. My wife needs my help in the morning and I want to serve her. I guess I can't get involved in ministry.
On Tuesday night they want me involved in a community outreach. I get home at 6:00pm every night (unless there is an accident and then it's 7:00pm). It's already too late. I don't work with any Christians during the day and have counseled many and shared the gospel with some, but that is not ministry in the church. I have kids and want to be with them for an hour before they go to bed. I guess I can't get involved in ministry.
On Wednesdays and Fridays during the lunch hour there is a Bible study and prayer time at my church that I was asked to lead. My job is only two blocks away, but I would rather eat with the people I work with and get to know them. I wish I could be at the church. I guess I can't get involved in ministry.
It's Thursday night and the church has a missions fellowship. However, my wife has been home by herself with our children and needs some adult time. She has a close Christian friend that she would love to spend some time with. I love my wife and want her to have this time of adult interaction. I guess I can't get involved in ministry.
It's Friday and I am tired. I want to do ministry but I have worked a long week and my wife has as well at home. The kids are hungry for some time with their dad. There is no way I am leaving the home. I love my family. I guess I can't get involved in ministry.
It's the weekend. Maybe now I can do something for the Lord. Yes, I know. I will be a greeter at church. Now I can be involved in ministry. Oh, but wait, my wife wants to do something to. She also hasn't done anything important all week. We can't both sign up. Someone needs to watch our kids. We haven't been able to do anything for the Lord. We haven't been using our gifts. All I did this week was work and all my wife did was stay home with the children. That's not the big ministry God has called us to right? Where is the sign up sheet? Let me do something for the Lord.
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.