Would God ever tell someone NOT to serve or NOT to lead?
(Monroe, Michigan, USA)
Would God ever tell someone NOT to serve or NOT to lead? I was asked by my pastor to become one of four deacons at our church. After prayer and careful consideration, I accepted, yet the deacons were not announced nor elected. Within a few weeks, the pastor passed away. His son has taken over as interim pastor and plans to have the members elect the deacons. However, I recently had an encounter with the interim pastor's wife. I had a conversation with her where she said that a particular person at the church would never be allowed to serve at the church. This person is a relatively new believer who fell to temptations, but rededicated himself to Christ in front of our congregation. Now, he needs to make a real connection with God and the church.
I spoke to the interim pastor about allowing him to serve in a small capacity and he agreed with me. During the service the following Sunday, the interim pastor told the congregation that everyone would be allowed to serve. I found out after the service that the believer was approached before the service and told he would not be allowed to serve. I was really upset at this. When I asked God if I should still lead during my prayer later that night, the message revealed in my heart was "you are not to serve." I am expected to go in front of the members in three days to be elected, yet I am confused. Would God ever tell someone NOT to serve or NOT to lead? How do you know when God is saying something or it's your imagination? I don’t want to be a pew sitter or leave my church, but deep down I know that God does not approve of anyone stomping on the seeds he planted in new believers.