How often have I let someone who needs love and attention pass me by because I’m uncomfortable or unsure of what to say?
Whether a church meeting or a grocery store, I often see people who need help. And yet the uncertainty of how to minister holds me back more often than I care to admit.
Sadly, many times I have decided that since I didn’t really know how to minister God’s love, it wasn’t for me. I’d much rather watch the well established and outspoken leaders reach out and take care of others while I sit back and cheer them on quietly, wouldn’t you?
But the more I have been experiencing the genuine love that Jesus has for me regardless of what I do for him, the more I have wanted to serve him. God’s grace is just SO good, that it compels and controls us! (2 Cor 5:14)
If you really haven’t felt and experienced his amazing grace, I would ask God for that first! Trust me, it will make you want to partake in the work!! (2 Tim 2:1-6)
Can I please tell you 4 more amazing and simple truths about how you and grace work together on this thing?
1.) God is already working in you to do and to will of his good pleasure. (Phl 2:13)
2.) It doesn’t matter what “brand” of Christian you are, or even where you are at in your “spiritually”, because it’s in weakness that his name is exalted. (2 Cor 12, 1 Cor 2:3)
3) Your qualification was met when you accepted Jesus as Lord and Christ over your life. (2 Tim 1:9)
4.) You have the equipment and your spiritual nature desires to use it! (Gal 5:17)
Most of the time, we just don’t know how!
Let me share a little more grace into this area of our lives, OK? (Remember…this IS a blog about Grace, not works 😉 )
When we don’t know how to do something, what is usually the best thing we can do?
Gosh it’s so simple, but it’s true.
Your prayer doesn’t have to be beautiful to be answered. It only needs to be honest. By his grace, God moves mountains because of stumbled and muttered words of prayer.
If you desire to minister and need help with asking, get into the quietness of your heart and pray with me. God loves you so much and he is so excited that you are even desiring to show others his great love! I have prayed this in the honesty of my heart and already God has been working miraculous things inside of me to want to live my faith out loud!
Right now, in this moment, my heart yearns to feel en-captured by your arms, and I invite it to be completely open before you. I pray for you to search inside of me and move into the deepest waters of my thoughts. Pull out anything other than a desire to bring glory to your name….because I have experienced and I have known what it means to be intimately loved by you, regardless of my sin.
Jesus, you have washed my feet, you have held me, and you have shown me the father. You have wrapped me in your love and you have taken away the ugliness of my sin. I can dance before you without shame because you have cleansed me in your blood. You have took off my mask and called me beautiful. Can you continue to reach out your hand and meddle with my heart to be fashioned like yours?
Father, my heart wants nothing more than to exalt you and lift up your mighty name. God, you have sparked a desire inside of me to reach out to others and sometimes, actually…most of the time, I don’t know how. But I want those who need your love to feel your love, just like I have. And through me, I want you to reach them in their brokenness and hold them up to see your glorious face, your splendor, your majesty. Your name brings healing.
So Father, show me. Use me. Give me boldness. Give me clarity. Give me wisdom. Show me grace. What can I do for you? I am so little before you, and yet you call me worthy. Take my hand and lead me in baby steps. (Or big steps, whatever you think is best, really) But today father, do this… today. Father, teach me how because I desire you. And when I don’t desire you, will you help me and cover me with your limitless mercy? You are doing your work inside of me, thank you.
In Jesus- In the Power of The Cross-
Get ready, you are about to experience his grace AGAIN!