Caught in a Whirlwind

Sarah Baldwin - Co-Pastor

Illuminate Indy | Indianapolis, IN

Working a full time job in the marketplace,  but knowing there’s something more is a place all too familiar for some of us.

My husband and I know that we are called to be in ministry, and yet we still have to make a living. We both work full time jobs while being involved with a house church plant in Indianapolis. My passion is the Lord, but what do I do with it?

I just finished listening to the audio book of Francis Chan’s Letters to the Church. It was eye opening for sure. There is absolutely no reason I cannot be fulfilled doing ministry while working full time in the marketplace. The problem is that  I’m not using my time outside “the Church” to actually minister. That’s where I feel the discontent. Am I not doing enough? Well to be quite frank, I’m not. We use the phrases “we are the church”, “it’s the people not the building”. Yes, these are 100% true, but if I were to look at my life from the outside in, I wouldn’t see that right now. I titled this devotion “Caught in a Whirlwind” because so often we find ourselves stuck in a routine of life and just existing.

I don’t want to just exist anymore. I want to thrive, and not just for my own sake, but for God’s. I don’t want to go through my mundane daily routine that I’ve found complacency with, and labeled as “the norm”. This can’t be our norm–and we aren’t called to live a “norm” anyway!

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10:22‬ ‭ESV‬‬

If I’m honest with myself, my life looks much more like the world than I want to admit. I’m too scared to be hated, but if I think about it harder I’m more scared to displease God.

For me this has been a wake up call. Between my daily Scripture reading and listening to Francis Chan’s book God spoke to me recently. He revealed things about myself I needed to hear. He gracefully convicted my heart. What do I do with that? Become inspired and do nothing!? That happens too often. We can attend a conference, go to a retreat, or in my case read (listen) to a really good book or message and feel so spiritually high. Only to come back down to “reality”; back to our “norms”. What if everyday was a “spiritual high”? What if we woke up everyday and walked Spirit-led? Some of you reading may already be doing this, but speaking for myself I am not leading the life I desire: One wholly led by God.

Let us take our inspirations and allow God to actually move in our life. Let’s walk away from complacency and “norms” to venture into an exciting life with God.

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

This is my prayer for myself and any others who may be in this spot.

Lord take my life and let it be yours! Use me however you can God. Give me boldness for you. Allow me to see beyond myself and be Spirit-led every day. I thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit, and I pray you would let this life of mine be thriving for your Kingdoms sake! Please remove any complacency, and fill it with joy that only comes from you. I am yours, Lord, and I surrender to you! Amen.
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