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Constipated Christians?

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“Constipated Christian” is the term Pastor Ryan used in his sermon Sunday morning where we visited his beautiful family in Tomahawk, WI over Labor Day weekend. At first I chuckled at the term because it sounded kind of funny. After all, constipation isn’t something people strike up a conversation about, or preach about from the pulpit, much less adding Christian to it. But as he continued to speak, it made sense. He made a very interesting point that has resonated with me ever since.

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

Ephesians 4:11-12

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In a world full of hurt and pain, church is a place many go to be filled with God’s love and blessings. We all have areas in our lives that we need God to fill. Maybe you attend church groups, prayer groups, Bible studies, or other church related activities during the week to continue being trained and filled. Perhaps you do a daily devotion or Bible reading and you continue to equip yourself with the word of God and you are filled even more on a daily basis. So every day of the week, you have opportunities to be filled with the word of the Lord.

But how are you applying what you learn? Are you focused on getting filled and forgetting to give out to others? Are you finding ways to access the hearts of the people around you? Are you taking the time to share the love of Christ with others so that you may build up the body of Christ?

To me it is all about balance. If you take in God’s love, God’s gifts, God’s blessings, God’s instruction you are FILLED. And boy does that feel wonderful! But in order to prevent being a “Constipated Christian,” you can’t stop there. You have to GIVE IT OUT. Share God’s love, share your gifts, share your blessings, and share your heart with others.

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It could be as simple as having tea or coffee with someone who needs a friend, bringing a meal to a family in need and taking the time to hear their story, or sending a text to a someone and letting them know you are praying for them. These simple acts of kindness can make a bad day turn around. You can impact someone’s life in a positive way and build God’s kingdom.

I have days that I think I am a constipated Christian because my cup is empty and all I want to do is be filled. I praise God for the people who answer the call God puts on their hearts because just at the perfect moment I get a call, email, text, or the wonderful feeling that comes over me knowing someone is praying for me. But as I am filled, I turn around and give because I know how blessed I was when someone took the time to access my heart and show the love of Jesus to me. So I want to take that moment to share, care, and love others.

There will be days and seasons when you will need to be filled, but don’t forget to give out too. God has equipped you to do His work. Be His voice, hands and feet in hurting this world.

Let’s Talk

What do you think about when you hear “Constipated Christian?” What ways are you being FILLED? What are some ways you can GIVE OUT?

 

 

18 thoughts on “Constipated Christians?”

  1. It is always a wonderful thing to share experiences, testimonies, and things that the Word of God tells us. We live in a world that needs to hear the Truth instead of the lies that satan has been telling people.

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  2. I hope I’m able to give more. Once, when I was buying something, I was asked if I could donate a dollar with the thing I bought, and I said “sure”. When I did that, they actually told me to ring this bell in the store, which I thought was cool. So, I rung it, and everyone in the store said “thank you”! It felt great, I had given much more then a dollar before but appreciation really made this single dollar the best dollar I’ve ever spent. God is great. He has given us eternal life, so why can’t we give back just a little bit more?

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    1. You are so right! I agree! Your story really resonated with me as I picture the angels in heaven singing when we give to others. What a blessing! Thank you for sharing your story and for spending some time with me today. Blessings.

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  3. The way you have portrayed our christian doctrine of giving and sharing to make life really meaningful is at once both comic with the comparison and true of life. We just keep praying to receive and never bother about the giving back. Do keep us inspired, and stay blessed.

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    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me and for reflecting on this with meaning and purpose. God has a special way of speaking to our hearts when we are willing to listen. This message spoke to me and it is so timely as I am making time to share, care, and love more. I enjoy hearing from you and receiving encouragement for the journey. Blessings to you my friend.

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  4. Oooh, I love this! I hope I give as much as I receive, but probably not. I fill up through daily personal prayers, scripture study and keeping a scripture/spiritual journal, by attending my weekly church meetings and by listening/reading the words of our living prophet and apostles. I think the best way I give out is through service and thinking of others. But this has given me a lot to consider. 💛

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    1. You have such a giving heart, Camie. Sometimes we give and we don’t even realize it. I enjoy being filled when I read your posts. You have a gift for giving through your words, your pictures, and your homeschool. Wow! It sounds like you are doing a great job getting filled! Thank you for sharing your heart with me. I am truly blessed and FILLED by your friendship. As you seek out ways to give, I pray others will be blessed through you. Blessings.

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