Yemi and Ivie have been married for 4 years and have a son, however, between their jobs, raising their son and attending to other family needs, time to be ‘active Christians’ has been scarce. Ivie grew up on the idea that the woman is the spiritual anchor for the home; however her budding career consumes so much time; it’s hard to have devotion, not to talk of joining a unit in church and midweek service is just not feasible. Yemi is worse, being an executive in his office means he constantly has to travel and/or work late. Attending Sunday service for him was a deliberate attempt to avoid the ‘you are backsliding’ speech.
Today is Wednesday, and Ivie had promised that come rain or sunshine, she would attend tonight’s service. As Ivie picked up her bag to leave, she heard the new email notification. Torn between ignoring it and the possibility that its urgent, Ivie chose the later; as she sat down to read the email, she felt a nudge to call Yemi.
‘I feel we have started taking God for granted’ Yemi’s words sank into her soul, she felt the same; however her career is demanding, surely God didn’t want her to be a failure. ‘I feel the same, however, I don’t know what to do; my boss, the impossible deadlines and Lagos traffic are the perfect recipe for dwindling commitment’ Ivie muttered. As the conversation continued they both realised that there will always be a very good excuse not to attend services or join a service unit, but they could do better and be more dedicated. If either one of them got promoted, they would make time for the additional responsibilities, if they were sick, they would go to the hospital… you always make time for what’s important to you.
‘Ivie, if God is that important to us, we will make time for Him, and gradually people will adjust and begin to respect our faith and the choices we make to keep it’ It might not be easy, but it’s worth trying. Yemi joined the Media team to ensure that services are streamed live online; to help people who might not be able to make it to church, still feel connected.
We 9-5ers have to struggle with family, work and church commitments and sometimes we feel like too little butter on too much bread (spread thin and stretched to our limits). The scripture that says… ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ shows us that we’ll be stressed, but Christ is our strength.
God is the reason we have our jobs, don’t let the job God gave you, take you away from Him…
Have you struggled with church commitments lately, share with us and let’s work it out together… God knows we are all work in progress.