When we read about Saul in Acts 9 and we see him after his transformation, that he was trying to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he had given his life to God. He was rejected, by those he most wanted to meet.
When we moved here to this little country town, from the city, where we were fully involved in the Church, in different areas of ministry. Most of our nights were fully booked with meetings and days being involved with many different areas. So it was quite different when we moved. So we came with inspiration and an open heart. We approached the pastor and let him know what we were involved in and where we felt our giftings were, but we only wanted to do what God have us do and our passion is for this, this and this. He flattened us with his words and said you’ll never do that again blah blah blah. So we shrunk back and got very disheartened. There were a couple of occasions when we’d volunteer for something, but was shut down. So that’s when I thought I would look outside of the town for opportunities and there were amazing opportunities, but God said clearly “No”. So I kept looking out from the town for opportunities to get involved with and would go away to help out at a conference or meeting etc, while those words of rejection laid in the back of my mind.
Until a couple of months ago, we went to a leaders meeting over the border and God took that dead hurt gifts that had curled up and died and made them live again. My passion is back so much and opportunities have popped up in the town. I’m interceding more for the local Church here, have a passion back for training leaders, administration, assisting Pastors. seeing people set free and using their gifts etc etc. Amazing how things have changed and living here now is great – seeing things through Gods eyes.
(This is the short version)
ALL GLORY GOING TO GOD.