A man of God got a complaint from one of his stewards in church. The complaint was that it’s her commitment to church that made her fail her professional exams. The pastor tried to explain to her and help her maintain the right balance. But she would not bulge. The pastor finally agreed that she stepped down from church activities so she could focus on her exams. The next exam she wrote, she had a poorer performance than before. They both agreed that church was not her problem.

Friend, church is not your problem. Serving God is not the reason for failure (Hebrews 6:10). The problem of our dear country is not too many churches. If you let the devil feed you with the lie that church is the reason you are not making progress, he has succeeded in defeating and destroying you (Galatians 6:7-9).

There is an advantage that serving God brings to your life that nothing else would do (Daniel 6:1-3). The problem is not the number of hours you spend in church. It is what you do with the remaining hours (Ephesians 5:16). The problem is not what you give to church. It is what you do with the rest. Don’t let the devil take away your sacrifices (Daniel 11:31-32).

If you fall for the lie that God or church is your problem, the devil will continue to exploit you (John 21:3-7). Rather than partnering with God to defeat the devil and make progress in life, the devil wants you to disconnect. Like the folks in Laish, don’t be far from the local church. Don’t isolate yourself (Judges 18:27-28).

God always compensates us out there the time we spend doing kingdom activities (Psalms 119:97-100). As a student, he quickens your understanding to learn faster and better. As a career person, He gives you an edge in your field. As a business person, He grants you unusual favour that will attract the right business opportunities and profits (Psalms 107:21-24).

The problem of most people is lack of balance (Romans 12:11). The time you spend serving God will not automatically make up for what you fail to do out there. You will still need to do your work with excellence. You will have to study well to pass your exams. You will still have to cook for your husband and family. But you will do these with the strength and excellence that God supplies (Philippians 4:13). The church is not your problem. Never forget this.

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria