Becomming More Like Christ-Ministry is Lonely

The more my heart is burning to know more of God, and have more of His heart, I have been recently reminded of a very important aspect of living out our faith for Christ;  that as much joy and fellowship our faith can bring us with God and our fellow believers, it is also often times lonely.  It is in these recent times of solitude for me, that I learn to lean my whole self onto Christ alone, learning over and over again that He is always and ever will be more than enough for me.  A month or so back, our pastor did a sermon series called “foundations of ministry-helping people”.  Ministry is nothing more than loving, serving, and healing people in the name of Jesus.  As a person who has a huge heart for serving, and jumping on every opportunity that I get, this really spoke to me.  As I helped a friend lead a girls retreat for some local teenagers recently, my heart was so engaged, and I knew God was affirming some things in my life through serving here as well.  But there are many times when God tucks our gifts away and lets us really get close to Him in our solitude.   As it turns out, this is happening to me on a daily basis in my current season.  As I try my best to reach out to family and friends for Jesus, I am quick to remember how Jesus must have felt in the garden as He prayed and his very own disciples fell asleep on him.  Even though He was surrounded by His very own circle of friends, he was left to just trust God, hear God, and wait on God, while everyone else did what they wanted, which was sleep.  As I serve and show love to others there is no one standing there affirming what I am doing, nor does there need to be, but we as humans are wired for relationships; which may or may not always be there in the ways that we feel that they should or need to be.   I find this in my some of my Christian cirlces, not all of them, but some.  I have come to better accept people where they are in their spiritual walk, but often find myself alone, trusting God, and once again relying on Him that He is more than enough.  I am blessed to have some Christian brothers and sisters who take the time and communicate with me, but then there are times there too, when people don’t always respond as quickly as we would like, or they may misunderstand our point all together.  This can leave us frustrated and asking God what is going on with these people, but once again, it is a lesson in becoming more and more like Christ.  Remember how Jesus was amazed so many times at the disciples for not understanding what He was saying, or when he’d use parables?  He said “how can you understand the more important things of the kingdom and gain wisdom and deeper understanding if you can’t even get a simple little parable?”  Ever been around a Christian like that? I know that I’ve had my share, but once again, here we go with learning humility, love and patience.  Learning that we are going to be misunderstood as Jesus was. That we will face rejection and loneliness, like Jesus did.  It’s all in becoming more like Christ.  This too is why I am so grateful to God in giving me understanding and the gift of prayer.  A friend recently read an excerpt of Charles Spurgeon where it said that God does not need our prayer, but He allows us to pray for us to learn to rely and trust in Him completely, and to grow us.  I know for me, prayer has been an area where God teaches me in many areas of my personal and my spiritual life.  It has also been a great comfort in times of loneliness of misunderstanding, and feeling like what is the point of all of this some days.  It helps me to connect with God in the trinity and to be loved and reminded of what I am being taught by Him right now.  So next time you feel misunderstood, unappreciated, or lonely know that you are growing in Christ-likeness, and that should change you whole mindset to a happiness of really understanding that “Wow, I really am becoming more like Christ, Cool!”.   

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6 thoughts on “Becomming More Like Christ-Ministry is Lonely

  1. i struggle with that too–and maybe that is why i am where i am in my walk–at a stand still–well at least partly why–i know the other reasons–just not many, if any, “christian” friends, real fellowship connections around where i am–so tend to stray–no one really understands–i sent you a video on cafe moms that made me think of you–did ya get it.
    wen

  2. Hello Robin,

    Yeah, when we pray that we want to be Christ like and then when He allows us to go through some of the same experiences that He went through so as to become more like Him it does cause us to draw closer to Him. But this is not an easy journey. But you are right we can rejoice and say that we are being molded into His image and likeness more and more each day and that is what truly matters.

    God bless you Robin
    Tamela:)

  3. Robin, I so indentify with what you are saying. Sometimes I get to the point too where I feel like no one else really understands, and for me, its often when I start depending on others to satisfy me instead of God. It is a lonely feeling. But then God shows me again that He is the only one I can truly depend on and trust, and He makes me vitally dependent on Him again.

    I struggle too with finding Christians locally who are also crazy about God. I have found a lot of awesome people on the internet, but I can’t seem to find them in person! Oh well, I’ll keep praying!

    “Ministry is nothing more than loving, serving, and healing people in the name of Jesus.”

    I love that! I wrote it in my journal. I had never heard that before, but it helps me to understand better what God is having me do.

    Blessings! Jenny

  4. An Excerpt from

    The Loneliness of the Christian by A. W. Tozer
    The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone.

    The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.

    The man [or woman] who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens.

    He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.

    It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else.”

    From Man – The Dwelling Place of God, Chapter 39: “The Saint Must Walk Alone”

  5. Hope this comforts you sis
    BTW if you don’t mind you can change the blog url since I ve moved
    Godbless

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