Ever feel like you’re the only one? Maybe you’re the only adult worker in your church who isn’t balancing a baby on one hip… or the only one not sprouting gray hair. Or all your friends are in a different church – or a different state. Maybe you’re the only young adult in your church that goes soulwinning or gets involved in ministries.
Here in what I call the Twilight Zone, we often share a common complaint – there’s too much space between us, no one within shouting distance. We’re working on the wall simultaneously, but we are “separated one far from another”.
In the Bible, the trumpet often represents the preaching of God’s Word. In all our various situations, it’s the commonality we all share. Remember some ten years ago, when we all crammed into vans and rode to youth rallies and conferences? There were a few who went just to meet someone of the opposite gender, but we all knew who they were. The rest of us went for the preaching, the excitement, the music, the fellowship, the smearing of the bigger youth groups in sword drills and memory verse challenges. We didn’t always meet lots of new friends or even mesh very much with other youth groups, but we still felt a common bond, a sense of belonging and fellowship, and we knew somehow that we were supposed to be there.
Fast-forward back to this year, when your pastor announced a revival meeting at another church, a conference in another city, or even just Wednesday night prayer meeting. The only other 20-something going is that weird dude that goes everywhere just to meet girls. Where are the rest of us?
- “I’m scheduled to work.”
- “There’s a registration or motel cost.”
- “I don’t know anyone there.”
- “That’s just for preachers; there wouldn’t be anyone my age there.”
What happened? Money is always an issue, but that’s never going to change. We still save up and spend money on the things that are important to us. Where did we lose the interest? Somehow, our group has gotten so busy with other things that we’re just not hearing the sound of the trumpet anymore… then we wonder why it feels like “we’re the only ones”.
The way to stay motivated for the Lord’s work is to stay under the preaching of the Word of God, whether it be a conference, a CD, a service, a book, whatever. That’s the place we’re to resort to, the place where we are renewed in spirit, where we get a new vision for what we’re doing for God, where we come before the throne together to entreat His grace and power for the road ahead.
The way to get discouraged and lonesome is to get absorbed in my job, my hobbies, my entertainment, even my family, until I start disregarding the sound of the trumpet.