After a lot of disappointments, trials and tribulations, Shei Atkins lets her fans know what has been going on in her life recently. She has written an open letter, where she discusses her calling in the body of Christ and how some believers can’t catch her vision. I believe that everyone in the body is called to a specific task, people and / or purpose that everyone may not understand. The Church, or Body of Christ, is composed of many members. Not every member has the same function or calling. God did not create or call each member to do the same thing.
Excerpts below via: believers.org
Others Are Important
We should recognize other parts of the Body of Christ and not criticize them. God has not given to any of us full and complete understanding of everything. Because we do not know what God has called others to do, we cannot judge whether they are being faithful to do God’s will.
We should assist, encourage, bless, and pray for other members of the Body — just as we would members of our physical body.
A big temptation is to assume everyone should be doing what God has called us to do. God has made it clear to us, shown us the need and importance — so that we will do what He has called us to do.
But, we must always remember that we are not the head of the Body of Christ — we are only members who take our orders from the Head.
Because God loves everyone and desires to help them, He calls people to minister to them on a level and in a way that they will receive. Because people will never all be the same, ministers of God will always be different also.
ROMANS 12:4-8 NKJ
4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,
5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;
7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching;
8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Read more about the diversity of the Body of Christ here
Let’s pray that God’s will be done!
Now here is what Shei had to say about her ministry
For those of you who don’t know me, I am Shei Atkins. I am the artist of three albums. My ﬁrst one “Life in Stereo”came out in ’04. The second one “The Lita Mae Show” came out in ’05 and my third one “Girl Talk” came out in‘07. It’s been 3 years since I’ve released an album. I’m currently working on my fourth project “Emotional” which will be out soon. Why has it been so long you ask? I had to pray and get direction from God and learn some things before I came back out conﬁdently. I was able to write and release my book “Get a Man, Keep a Man” during the break. This has truly been a journey for me. When God revealed to me that He wanted to use me, I wasn’t given a blueprint or a road map with exact directions. All I knew was that I loved God, had a passion for relationships and helping women through adversity, and wanted to make music to help bring healing and joy to them. All of my previous albums have a mixture of R&B and Gospel on them so some people were always confused about what style of music I sang. I just wanted to help people and wasn’t caught up into genres’ and didn’t know anything about marketing. I’ve been with my husband for 14 years, and we almost didn’t make it our ﬁrst year of marriage. We survived our storm and what I went through in my marriage ignited a passion in me to help relationships and marriages. It’s evident that families are under major attack. I make songs to help in still love, honesty, faithfulness and communication back into relationships. The thing is that when some people heard R&B on my albums they were like, this is not gospel and the judgment began. My albums were not what you would call a traditional gospel album. Even though my songs “He Can Fix It” and “Lord I Love You” got major gospel air play, those songs weren’t all of who I am. It was songs like “Temptation” that made me unique and kicked off my career. “Temptation” was very trendsetting and risky with lyrics like “boy you keep on saying just let me stick the h#$d in and you can’t have none.” But it was the truth. I was afraid to do it in the churches at ﬁrst but I know it needed to be heard. The song was very risky but the youth and youth pastors loved it and the word spread about it. I was in high demand to the point where I was traveling in and out of state to sing it and the response was always amazing. I feel that the songs are awesome, because keeping it real and telling it like it is in my music is what made me unique and set me apart. Gospel Radio wouldn’t play songs like “Temptation” but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the song was catching and impacting teens around the world.>>> Read More