My friend Samantha and I have been studying this book, “Share Jesus without Fear”… and it is incredible!
Week after week I am in awe of what God does through His children when they obey Him. Fulfilling God’s purpose is simple, finding God’s will for your life is as easy as asking ourselves, “What am I doing to further the Kingdom?” Does every aspect of my life glorify God and point others to Him? If someone was asked to describe me, would they know I love Jesus? Or do I hide my light under a bushel?
One of my convictions lately is not praying before I eat when I am around other people who don’t… I can justify it until I am blue in the face, saying, oh, I prayed really fast on my way to get my soda, or oh, they may think I am coming across as “holier than thou” if I pray at the table, bow my head and simply thank Jesus… Prayer is such a powerful thing, I don’t want to minimize its importance by quickly shoving it in, or ignoring it altogether. I want to express my thankfulness, but not change who I am for the crowd I am around…I am truly thankful for each blessing, each meal I get to eat, and I know when I don’t thank God it must be like I am slapping Him in the face, taking these blessings for granted, as if I deserve them, when I know I do not. I know I can pray in my head, and He knows my heart, but am I embarrassed? I don’t know, I want to say no, but I’m not sure… I want Him to shine out of me in every aspect of my life, but I haven’t allowed Him to in these settings yet, and that convicts my heart.
What am I afraid of? Am I afraid it will open up a chance for conversations about Him? My purpose for living? Or that I’ll be mocked for thanking God for my food? Or what?
Living in thankfulness is so powerful, I am thankful I am a child of God, thankful for my job, my coworkers, my family, my friends, the list goes on, and yet how often do I tell my Savior “thank you?” How often do I thank Him by sharing my hope with others? How often does Satan get to me by giving me fear of what may happen and I give in and keep my mouth shut? How often do I pray for opportunities and run the other way when God brings them my way? How often am I obedient to Him when He tells me to speak up? If the prayer of my heart is to fulfill God’s purpose, am I actively looking for every opportunity to shine for my Lord and Savior?
This week we talked about prayer. Praying for those who need Jesus and opportunities to share and their desire to want God’s gift of salvation. One lady in the book prayed for 2500 people PER WEEK!!! Am I a Prayer Warrior? No. But I want to be. I want to live and breathe in constant communication with my Savior, every moment of every day speaking to Him and confident He hears my prayers, and will answer them according to His will.
I know my purpose, my purpose is clear: Matthew 28:19-20~”Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, [even] to the end of the age.” Amen.