One for the leavers

This post is for people who leave the organized part of church in search of more of Jesus.  I hope this helps….

I’ve been reading a post on a blog called A Former Leader’s Journey.  It’s about feelings of ineptness.

Roget’s New Millennium™ Thesaurus gives us the following meanings for Ineptness. 

disability, disqualification, failure, frailty, impotence, inadequacy, inaptitude, incapability, incapacitation, incapacity, incompetence, ineffectiveness, ineffectualness, inefficacy, inefficiency, ineptitude, ineptness, insufficiency, inutility, lack, necessity, powerlessness, shortcoming, unfitness, weakness

Doesn’t look good does it?  I believe (and as always, I can be wrong) that this is where Jesus will lead you, when you leave the organized part of church.  Jesus said the following: 

Mat 11:28  Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

The “give you rest” part we overlook.  We come to Jesus, but we do not stop.  We believe, we need to function to have value.  But Jesus will come and give you rest.  This “rest” will look very much like the above definition of ineptness.  No direction.  No vision.  Just you and Jesus.  It is scary, being loved, when you cannot return the favour by doing something.  Being loved is what this rest is all about.  And just to make sure “it will scare the crap out of you.”

If this is where you are, it’s a good place to be.  And more importantly, you are not alone.

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4 thoughts on “One for the leavers

  1. I just came from reading Barb’s article, too.
    I wanted to comment, but find that I don’t know what to say.
    Except, I get it.
    I’ve been in this place of ‘ineptness’ for a long time. And it’s a relief. No so much pressure to ‘do’ something.
    Hey, have you ever read the book, ‘Sunshine’ by Robin McKinley?
    I am reading it right now, and finding many parallels to this walk with God….

  2. Since you are 6 years out ahead of us….what is next? Is there a next? Or is this where we stay. It is probably where I’ll stay for a while till I learn more about this “rest”. And you’re right….It does scare the crap out of me.

  3. At first “will scare the crap out of you” bothered me in the sense that we should have received the spirit of adoption and not the spirit of bondage again to fear. Thinking about it again today however made me realize that the reason I left my first love with Christ is because of fear of the world. Fear that somehow I will be left behind. Perhaps we SHOULD be left behind with Christ alone for as long as needed so we can learn how to cope in this world without fear.

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