Are we doing things for the church to give to Jesus, or are we doing these things to be seen and get recognition? This is a valid question, and one that we should explore more, allowing with discernment and prayer to take place before we take action.
For example, right after I finished RCIA, I became a lector and joined the Knights of Columbus. I knew I wanted to do these two things upon becoming fully Catholic, but beyond that, did not have any other aspirations. However, that being said, | wound up getting involved in sponsoring for RCIA again, and did a lot of lectoring. I would grab a spot almost immediately if someone needed a sub, and became very visible in the eyes of the people at the church.
But was I doing it because I wanted to proclaim the Word, or because I wanted to be seen? As we read in Matthew 6, he warns against standing in the synagogue to be seen by men. Therefore, we must always approach the ministries we do in the church with a clear mind and purpose, and that purpose should always be to do the work that Jesus wants us to do.
In other words, it needs to be part of God's plan for us, and not our plan for God. Our plan will fail, because we impose our will on God, and He will be sure to let us know that it is not part of His plan.
Another example, for me, is this blog and website. I bought this domain in early 2015, but after buying it, did some serious praying and listening.Was this an instrument to be used by God to proclaim His word, or was this me just wanting to be seen by men? It took me a couple of months before I really understood that this is something that He wills, and not what I will. I took 5 minutes every day and sat silently, listening for what God may tell me. I still do this, and feel very peaceful when I do.
I am looking to add another ministry to what I do within the liturgy of the church by becoming a Eucharistic Minister. I have waited a year to add another ministry, and took time to pray and discern if this is something I should do, or if I am even meant to do. It is easy to get swept up in the praise and feeling of acceptance and belonging that it can cloud what your true mission is.
What is that mission, you ask? The mission is simple, to love your Lord God with all your heart, all your soul, and with all your mind. And the secondary mission is to love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. Something we can expand upon further later down the road.
So my advice to you is this: If you are looking to do something within the church, be it reading, greeting, or some other facet of volunteering, make sure the intentions and reason you have are to serve, and not to serve yourself.
What do you have to say about this? Is there something that you think should be added here? I welcome your comments. Remember, the journey does not end when you accept Jesus into your life, it begins. Go Live Your Faith today!