Christians have a bit of a stereotype – well, I’m sure there are a bunch of stereotypes linked to Christianity – but within the Christian community we have placed a stereotype upon our own selves. The stereotype is this: When someone is newly saved, they go through a “honeymoon phase.” They are excited and want to shout it from the rooftops. They come up with these big ideas like, “I’m going to give up everything I have and go overseas and become a full time missionary!” They’re so excited about serving. However, as the Christian walk becomes more and more familiar to them, they often become less and less enthusiastic. Walking with God becomes more of a “normal” thing and they lose the ambitious nature they once had.
I think it’s time we as God’s people change that stereotype. As women of God, we are heiresses of God and co-heiresses with Christ (Romans 8:17). Now, hear me out – I’m not saying we should drop everything we have and move overseas and become a missionary in a poverty-stricken town. Some of our brothers and sisters in Christ are called to that type of ministry, and that’s great. Maybe you’re reading this and you yourself are called to that type of ministry – that’s wonderful! However, many of us are called to minister elsewhere – in our homes, in our workplaces, or in our church.
We’ve all been given a gift (1 Peter 4:10) and we’re all called to serve the Lord. Whether that’s serving Him as a wife and mother or serving Him as a world-wide known speaker, our service to Him is important and it can be exciting! We all make up the body of Christ. As we grow more and more in love with Him and as we go deeper in our relationship, we should be experiencing more joy in our walk. Some days we will feel more encouraged than others, but the joy in knowing we are called to serve the Lord in a special way, that we are God’s children, and our identity in Christ should outweigh that.
As children of God, we are…
Free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2)
Holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4, 1 Peter 1:16)
A new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
A doer of the Word and blessed in our actions (James 1:22, 25)
More than a conqueror through Him who loves us (Romans 8:37)
An overcomer by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11)
The righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)
The light of the world (Matthew 5:14)
Forgiven of all our sins and washed in the blood (Ephesians 1:7)
Called of God to be the voice of His praise (Psalm 66:8, Timothy 1:9)
That’s so exciting! So I want to encourage everyone who is reading not to lose the excitement we have for the Lord; our ability to serve Him is so amazing and we’re so blessed to be in a relationship with Him. It’s such a joy.
Erin Culleny serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She had served on Summer Staff since 2011, and this past summer had the unique opportunity of co-directing Children’s Ministry with one of her best friends. She is very excited to continue to build relationships with the guests and be very involved in the ministry.