The sound of my alarm goes off sounding like an old school air raid. It can’t be morning already, can it? It feels like it was only 20 minutes ago since I thanked the Lord for my day and closed my eyes to sleep. If only I could get 5 more minutes sleep then I would be ready to face the world… Who am I trying to kid? This is summer, there is no time for an extra 5 minutes in bed. So I jump up, get ready and check the clock. I really should be downstairs eating breakfast right now and in about 5 minutes I should be in the car travelling to vacation bible school. Instead I drop to my knees beside my bed, open my Bible and begin to read; the words grip my heart, they seem to hug my very soul and lovingly whisper the words of hope I need to hear; “You’re not doing this alone.” . I close my eyes and focus my heart Heavenward, I begin speaking to my Father; “God I come before You this morning with nothing left to give. I come knowing that Your strength is made perfect in my weakness. Fill me afresh with Your Holy Spirit and use me today to bring glory to Your name. Lord, do the work that only You can do. Thank you, in Jesus’ name.” I arose knowing that no matter what came my way that day I was not alone. I knew God was with me. I started that day with expectancy. I started it with my heart focused Heavenward and a willingness to do whatever God asked me to do.
As week 8 of summer work starts tomorrow I look back on the many, many mornings (and evenings) that I laid everything down and surrendered my weakness to God. I can say with all my heart that God gives His strength and grace for every moment. I rejoice in seeing how God has moved this summer, not because of who I am but because of who He is.
“All life-changing love is inconvenient” – Tim Keller
I came across this quote the other day and it stopped me in my tracks. All life changing love is inconvenient. It’s not easy. It’s not without sacrifice. It rarely suits your timetable. But it is life changing! There is no other life-changing love but the person of Jesus Christ so let’s not read that previous quote as; “All types of doing good is inconvenient.” We are talking straight up, using our words, sharing the Gospel of Jesus type of love!
When was the last time you were inconvenienced because you were sharing the Gospel of Jesus? So often in our lives we set apart time to share the Gospel with people e.g. church outreach events, one night a week evangelism in our town, organised church programs or short term mission trips. These things are great, please don’t hear me wrong but I often wonder if by solely classing that as our ‘evangelism’ time do we hinder our ability to obey the Lord’s leading in our day to day lives?
God has taught me a lot this summer about being completely surrendered to Him, to His leading and guiding. How has He done this? Inconveniently. God has called me to share the Gospel with people or counsel them when I feel like I have nothing left to give. When I’m tired, busy, hungry or feeling unwell. In fact I don’t recall a time at all where He called me to share Jesus with someone when I felt prepared. He calls us in those moments to lean on Him, trust Him and listen to Him because after all he says; “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
In those moments God has broken in, revealed Himself to individuals and they’ve given their lives over to Him. Not because of who I am but because of who He is.
It’s time to desire being inconvenienced. It’s time we lived our lives with expectancy that the Lord will use us. Yes, even in our brokenness. There is always someone waiting to hear about Jesus. There is always an opportunity for you to tell them.
Are we ready to lay down our wants, feelings or fear for the cost of someone else’s soul?
In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have… 1 Peter 3:15