I know it’s September and I am finally getting to June. This topic is controversial so I have to admit I have been procrastinating over this post! As We recap exposed roots – part 1, we see that we overcome not only by the Blood of the Lamb but also by sharing our testimony with others. Transparency is a key to overcoming. In Exposed roots, part -2, we see if you are hiding roots under the surface that have not been exposed and healed, these roots can spindle out and have far-reaching consequences. If you are trying to hide them, it will cause issues in the body of Christ as you serve.
Moving forward, the lesson driven deeper into my heart in June was that God will not call you to a profession (or service in the body of Christ) where you have fallen and struggle with temptation. For example, I can’t even imagine someone overcoming their battle with alcoholism and then going daily to serve drinks as a bartender. Nor do I believe that a former pedophile will be called by God to serve in the children’s ministry at church or as a elementary school teacher.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
If He is making the way of escape for us, the Lord won’t call us into the place where we are/were weak. This is different from God using our testimony to help others. I believe a former drug addict can make a great drug and alcohol counselor, but I would question whether God would call that person to stand outside of a crack house and try to pull people out on a daily basis. It would be too close to temptation. Someone who has overcome pornography can be a blessing to those who are struggling to come out of that sin. I would question if they are hearing God correctly if they feel called to evangelize at the local porn convention or want to witness to men in a strip club.
So why do some people believe the place they could greatly stumble is where God is calling them? 1. They don’t really believe they had a problem in the first place. They haven’t fully admitted the depth of their sin and they are trying to prove to themselves and God that they can white knuckle their way through in that environment and come out victorious. 2. They are falling under a works mentality. What I mean by that in this situation is the person feels as though the only way he or she can make up for what they did is to go back and prove that they can work or serve in that situation without failing. For some people, it’s the only way they think they can forgive themselves and that they can truly receive God’s forgiveness and make up for what they did.
Psalm 32:1 [ The Joy of Forgiveness ] Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
Could there be exceptions to the rule? Maybe. I am not God and I don’t like to put Him in a box, however, I have witnessed in my own life, and in the lives of those around me, that this has always been a recipe for failure.
I am a firm believer that there are some areas in our lives where God has us walk out our temptations unto healing (some of these are called tests) and there are some that He supernaturally delivers us from. I am not saying in any way that we are not healed. I just know that God didn’t throw Daniel back into the lion’s den a second time around and re-challenge his faith.
What is God’s calling on your life? If you still feel uncertain, I have provided a link below with 10 great suggestions to help get you on the right track!