The latest Pew Research Poll shows that people continue to drop out of Christianity and organized religion. It would be easy to blame clergy scandals or commercialized religion, but we’re also taking our individualism more seriously. We just don’t seem to need God anymore.
I always believed in God and haven’t ever really had a “crisis of faith”. I’d ask Him for help when trials came knocking or I needed special help with a decision. I enjoyed having a place to go on Sunday morning and had friends that were trying to be good people. It was a comfortable place to be, and I thought I was handling life pretty well on my own.
When I joined my church in 2008, I met highly successful people who were leaders in the Nashville community, served on non-profit Boards and were consistently volunteering whenever there was a need.
But they were also the most faithful people, showing up each Sunday without fail, participating in small groups, and organizing mission trips.
I asked one gentleman, “Everyone is so successful here, it’s interesting that you all act like you 'need' God.”
“It’s not that we have a use for God,” he replied, “It’s that God has a use for us.”
It’s an important nuance, but it has made all the difference in my faith: God has a use for me.
Blessings, my friend,