Losing your way back to the sin that so easily entangles and remaining in the presence of God begins with asking the Father for help. Having done that, you can be sure that He heard you and is immeasurably pleased with your request. God’s answer will be that you already have the strength to stand your ground and avoid a relapse, the Spirit of God living in you. This is the heavenly view, but I would like to get a little more practical since after all, as long as you are here on earth, the choices you make will determine the ultimate outcome. The Spirit will counsel you and make the power of God available to you, but in the end, it’s up to you.
A good place to start is to get busy at serving God by serving others. It’s like the old saying says, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” A good place to start is to begin with something you like to do, which for most is also something we’re reasonably good at! If you are a guy that likes sports, then begin there. I’m sure you can find a church or community program where you can share your interest in athletics and the gospel at the same time, either in words or by example. If you like to read, great, then visit your church library or bookstore and find something to read. How about volunteering to read to others at a nursing home, Sunday school or library? If you love being around kids, then volunteer to work in the church nursery, pre-school, or even better at the school your children attend. Here’s an idea, are you one that loves to shop? My wife does, but thankfully not always to buy! Volunteer to take someone who has difficulty getting around to the shopping mall or wherever they need to go. Take someone to lunch who you know needs the company. I love to take naps, but off-hand I can’t think of how to turn that into a ministry! I’m sure you get where I’m coming from. What you receive for your efforts will be far more than what you give.
Most often when we think of “ministering” to others, the first thing that comes to mind is doing something in or through the church. Yet, to “minister” is nothing more than church jargon for reaching out to others in need. An even better idea is to begin outside the church, where the love of God is less often manifested. It is in fact, where Jesus wants us to go. The idea is to show others the love of Christ by what we do, in the hope that others will see Him through us. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if by doing so, they might ask why, why are you with me today? At first this may sound scary and it probably is to some extent. Furthermore, when we minister in and through the church the question of why is unlikely to be asked. But that’s the whole issue; it’s the question we should desperately want to be asked. So we can respond by telling them, in our own words, it’s because of Christ and what He did for us.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8