Stuck in My Own Little World

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 I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

Isaiah 49:6b NIV

Stuck. In the same car line. In the same seats at church. In my own little world. Over the last few weeks, God has really been nudging at my heart to start looking at what He has really called me to do. I mean…really nudging me.

So much so that I had to mentally pull off the side of the road and throw my hands up in the air with a “what gives?” reply.

I serve your people at church.

I support, love and encourage my husband and kids.

I lead the Kids and Women’s ministries at our church.

I run…

I… I… I…

Herein lies the problem.

In laying out all the things I was doing for God, I realized that this is not actually what He has called me to. The light bulb finally come on and God showed me that I have been stuck in my own little world for far too long.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 ESV

It is right there in Scripture.

We call it the Great Commission and if you wanted to peel everything back to the one thing we are called to do it would be to “GO!”

It is not do this or do that, but simply put to “GO!”

In all the years I have seen this verse, read it, memorized it and talked about it I don’t think it has ever hit me as hard as it is right now. I can not bury my head in the sand and pretend“evangelism” is something others are called to do. I can’t brush it off by saying that it’s “not my thing” and I can’t completely focus on the needs and cares of the people in my church. Yes, I should love on and care for the people in my church. Yes, I should run the ministries or events that I lead at church. But no, that doesn’t mean I should surround myself with church people all the time.

I need to get out of my own little world and “GO!” …just like Jesus says to.

You may be shaking your head right now and saying to yourself, “that’s fine and dandy for you. Your husband is a pastor.

Guess what? Yes, he is a pastor, but I have to be straight up honest with you…this topic even makes me squirm a little.

It is way outside my comfort zone.

I know, I know…some people love it and God has specifically hard wired them for it, but it scares me silly. I don’t want people to not like me, to think I am “weird” or anything, but the reality is we are all weird and normal is very over rated.

Besides who do you really want approval from: man or God?

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10 NIV

All I know is this: the Word is very clear about what His expectations are.

Do we want to live comfortably stuck in our own little world or do we want to be obedient to the call that He has for each of us?

It’s not going to be easy to shift gears, but I do know this: once He starts to knock on the doors to your heart to “GO!” the best thing you can do is say, “Here I am Lord, send me” and watch what He does.

Here are a few things that I am doing, and you can too, right now to keep from being stuck in your own little world;

1) Pray and ask God to open your eyes to see what He sees for you.

2) Make a list of people in your work, school or neighborhood and start praying for God to give you an opportunity to talk to them about something more than the weather.

3) Spend time in the Word and investigate for yourself what He’s trying to show you right outside the walls of your world.

I can’t wait to see what He does when you and I, together, start to get unstuck from our own little worlds. I’m praying this is just the beginning of a great new adventure for the both of us. It may not be easy and it may not be comfortable, but it sure is going to be exciting!

Melissa Mashburn

Melissa is a woman who is passionately pursing God every day by taking her everyday, ordinary life and placing it as her offering to Him. With a heart to "keep it real" her life and ministry is all about "Real Women, Real Life, Real Faith" in action. She's an author, speaker, Pastor's Wife, Connections Director at her church, ministry leader and more importantly mom to two adult sons, Nick & Bailey. Melissa has been married to her best friend, her true North, Matt for 22 years, they live and enjoy ministry life in Sunny South Florida.

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4 Comments

  1. I appreciate your honesty here, Melissa. I was (am) so much like you when it comes to sharing my faith. Until this semester when God placed an atheist in my class (and I teach at a Christian college!) . . . at the same time that my pastor is speaking on God’s Answer to Atheism. I have started to realize, through wonderful discussions with my student (he’s really coming along, praise God!) that I should not be afraid to talk to people who don’t believe, because they are looking for the same thing we’re all looking for–peace, joy, Jesus. The difference is, I have the TRUTH. With the truth on my side I have nothing to fear.

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  2. Bless you for sharing.

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