God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
1 Peter 4:10, 11
I have a great desire to do big things for God and people. I want to make a noticeable difference! I want to see the look on one’s face when I’ve said or written something that settles well within them. I have a deep need to watch God work as He begins to transform the inner battles and weaknesses of the people that I’ve touched. The anticipation of His result is almost unbearable. I know glory is on the other side, and I eagerly await the life-changing event. Why? In all of this, what am I really looking for?
If I could change the world, I most certainly would. I dream of standing on a stage and speaking words to a crowd that are divine, impactful, bold, and glorifying all in the Name of Jesus. I want to encourage and shift another’s perspective. Life isn’t all that bad and it is doable if you’d just cling to God. The sadness that you feel, the void in your heart, your loneliness, can all be wiped out if Jesus were Lord over your life.
If I could win the lottery, (I don’t even play) I would give so much of it away. I would pay the bills of my family and friends and then some, open up a Care Home for the elderly and take care of them day and night with the sole purpose of loving them unconditionally (just as God loves), feeding them the meals they would love to cook themselves, and giving them financial freedom so they could spend their money how they would like–not on the expense of uncaring help, unsavory food, and tiny rooms that don’t allow for all of their personal treasures. I would hold their hand through their illness and read Scripture in preparation for their new life.
Let me feed the poor, help the sick, encourage the downtrodden, and declare to the entire world that Jesus loves you, died for you and saved you! Invite Him into your heart before it’s too late!! Once you’ve left this earth, your choices cannot be reversed. Your eternal fate has already been determined!!
And, In the middle of my grandiose thinking, Jesus interjects:
“Your thoughts and eagerness are awesome but where is your heart in all of this? What are your underlying motives? Who and what are you truly seeking? Serve where you are! Serve because you love others and because you see the need. Serve because this is what I ask of You!”
He brings to mind several personal events that have taken place within the last several months. He shows me the opportunities that I did take but He also points out where I’ve backed away due to fear, anxiety, distraction and doubt. Then he said this:
“I don’t need you to complete my work! I will do what I have to do with or without you. My opportunities are available to teach you, to show you my Will and Purpose. Look at the opportunity that I handed you at work, months ago. You rationalized it away, got busy, and disobeyed. I had something for that person, and I gave you the opportunity to carry it out. You did not, so I gave my opportunity to someone who would. You witnessed the outcome; you could clearly see joy all over them. I love you, and I want to give you good things. I created you for a relationship with Me. I don’t need you, but I do love you!”
You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind. And, love your neighbor as yourself.
Neighbor (interpretation in Luke 10:27) is described as anyone of any race, creed or social background who is in need of help and love means to act in order to meet a person’s need. Wherever you live, needy people are close by. There is no good reason for refusing to help.
Opportunities arise every day. They come in all different sizes. Some are quiet and some are for the crowds. It doesn’t matter if I witness the outcome. What matters is my willingness to take them and do the very best I can, looking to God for strength and understanding. I will serve right where I am! I will look around and find the need!! In the end, it’s God’s glory that matters!!