Has your obedience taken you to surprising places lately?
Will you stay and follow the clues to find the next step?
“He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 16:15
On Sunday our grandson wrote clues for the latest scavenger hunt he was inventing. “Go to where the teeth eat meat,” said the first clue. Instead of finding the next clue at the kitchen table, we found it under Snapper, his hand-crafted four-foot long blue alligator.
In much the same way, I don’t know where I’ll be led next until I follow and obey God’s call to share His good news with others. Will there be scary people? Unusual places? My heart may be pounding as I listen and respond to the nudges God sends.
Sometimes I’d rather just stay put and be silent. Yet obedience is not just about trying to live to show Christ’s love. Lots of people may be loving and kind. But that’s not always enough. Obedience is also talking about who God is and what He has done for me.
The outcome may not always feel like success. All that my obedience may bring is the knowledge that I have obeyed to the best of my ability. At times the immediate experience may even feel like failure. But success in witnessing is simply sharing Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results up to God.
Has your obedience taken you to surprising places lately? Do you question whether this is the place God wants you to be? If so, will you stay and follow the clues to find the next step?
Oh Jesus, grant me the willingness to follow You to the places You are sending me in my own experiences at home with my family and in my neighborhood. Grant me the humility to obey You. For I have nothing to lose in the end. Amen.
The message of Christmas is a call to look with fresh eyes at what Jesus brings to our lives every day!
“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my HOPE is in You all day long.” Psalm 25:4 & 5
True hope is so much more than wishing and hoping. It’s having a confident expectation!
“The world feels heavy these days”, a young mom commented to me. Even in this Christmas season when hearts are generous and loving, we sense a holding back as uncertainty weaves its way through our lives.
Yet the very message of Christmas is a message that can breathe HOPE into our hearts. The message of Christmas is a call to look with fresh eyes at what Jesus brings to our lives every day! It’s so much more than a warm story of a baby boy born in a stable. This Jesus who we celebrate at Christmas, is the the One who can bring HOPE to us every day, even all day.
- Where is anxiousness pulling at you today?
- Do you need God’s mighty power to move on your behalf?
- Do you need His love to embrace you?
- Do you need His wisdom to tame your thoughts and bring peace to your mind?
When Jesus’ birth was foretold in the early writings of the Bible, it was said that this One who would come would be called:
- Wonderful Counsellor
- Mighty God
- Everlasting Father
- Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Every need you or I will encounter today can be encompassed and met through this Jesus. He offers us:
- His wise counsel
- His mighty power
- His amazing love
- His peace that passes understanding
This Advent ask Jesus to show you His ways and teach you His paths in a fresh way. They are paths of peace and wisdom, love and power, even as we weave our way through uncertainty. Our confident expectation can rightfully rest in Him who is our HOPE all day long.
Lord God, Please guide me today. Thank you that I can put my confident expectation in Jesus to help me through the challenge of ——————–name it————————today. Help me to see this season of Christmas with new eyes as I declare my hope is in You today. I need You. Help me to keep my eyes on You all day long as I await Your power to be at work in my circumstances. In Your strong name I pray, Amen.
What is one thing that is robbing your peace today?
Ask God to specifically show you His way through it and teach you His ways in it. Keep your eyes and heart open for His appearance and His wisdom.