Do you ever have those times where you feel like God has so much to say and you are just trying not to miss any of it? Lately, i am being challenged on so many levels but the most current one is in light of David’s sermon series “The Harvest”. How many times have i heard a sermon on evangelism? (zillions) and i’m always convicted to pray for the lost and to seek to build relationships with people who need to know Christ, and that’s a good thing, but something is a little different this time and i think it has to do with my personal efforts in evangelism.
Some people have evangelism as a spiritual gift, like Jeff, and not me, but that is not a reason to cop out when it comes to witnessing. We are all called to “go and make disciples” and there is really no excuse for not doing that. I have been guilty of coasting by on Jeff’s evangelistic coattails and making myself feel better by remembering that someone has to be doing the other things, and so on, but really i think i have overlooked so many opportunities to share or i have glossed over things by pointing out that i can witness by my lifestyle and thorugh my actions and i can pray for people …all true…but really, does anything take the place of just flat out asking someone where they stand with the Lord?
So many of us in the church (me included) spend much of our time learning more about the Word and studying it (and that’s good) but if we, me, tend to overlook having ‘those’ conversations with people then we are in danger of being ‘hearers and not doers’.
If you read this and feel the urge to reassure me that i have done a good job as jeff’s helpmate and that the gospel has been furthered because of things i have done, don’t. I needed the challenge that He has given and me, and maybe you do to, there is no reason why i shouldn’t be actively, verbally, consciously, constantly telling people about Jesus and inviting them to know Him too.
The times are getting desperate and people are buying more and more into the teachings of this world and its prince, we as believers need to be more and more intentional about sharing our faith and realizing that ‘the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few’…there is nothing like that feeling of being there when someone asks Jesus to save them….join me in asking God to give opportunities to share….its no time for slackers!
especially if you are a complete idiot like i obviously am (grin)…okay so this is what happened and I am soooo sorry for anyone who checked my blog and saw those pictures (if you didn’t then don’t ask) …i decided to start adding pictures to my blog because i have been hearing from people i haven’t seen in a while and i know that love to see other people’s family pics…and that’s where it gets interesting…
i organized some pics from our spring break trip to the beach and was going to put them as a slideshow and thought i needed to use flickr so i added that to my site but then couldn’t (i know how hard can it be?) figure out how to get the pictures uploaded so i left it and thought i would just call my online advisor, please take my call carrie, and worry about it all later…
today’s been a busy day and i never got around to even going online because i had to sub at the high school…i ran home and fixed dinner then headed to the Y to a spin class, feeling pretty good about all i had accomplished..then trish texted me while i was spinning sweating and trying to figure out the words to the songs that were playing…her text said something like “lol i just saw your blog and the picture of the naked pregnant lady beside the picture of satan was interesting”…now, i can’t get to a computer and trish is always busting my chops about something so i text back “ha ha” she replies “not kidding you have a flickr and pictures are popping up”
imagine with me my thoughts and feelings at that moment…by the way did i mention that i was also working on memorizing 1 Tim 4:7-8 “spend your time and energy on spiritual fitness. physical exercise is of some value but spiritual exercise is more important for it promises a reward both in this life and the one to come” (hey i did that from memory so i guess something good happened in spin!)
i couldn’t do anything but laugh…i bet the other people in there wondered what i was doing because we are dying to climb a hill and i’m laughing …but what else can you do???
anyway…got that off as soon as i got home and cracked up with trish who assured me that she only called as many people as she could to tell them to go see the pictures on rachels blog (with friends like that…) and she also said that if they had been really bad she would have called and gotten my password—hopefully that won’t be an issue anymore…i think i have learned my lesson…don’t try new things online till you know what they are and what they do when you aren’t looking
again –if any of you saw those please forgive me and watch out for real pictures coming soon
A couple of weeks ago we had a guest speaker at church, Dave Edwards, and he preached a powerful sermon out of Genesis 40. God really used it to speak to me and He still is. I just love it when God has so much to say that I haver to process it for a while…(I actually have it in my CD player in the car and I rarely do that-thanks trish)…the gist of the message is that sometimes in life we, like Joseph, can be somewhere in chapter 40 of our lives and the things that are happening are all a part of preparing us for what He has in store for us in chapter 41…
One thought that is sticking with me is that although we may be called by God for something, we need the refining work of the Spirit to be prepared to complete the tasks He has for us. I am praying that God nevers stops shaping me for what He has called me to and that I will not settle for less than His plan and not get caught up in resisting the work happening in chapter 40 as I anticipate what 41 will bring.
May we be ready when the pages turn and enjoy every aspect of the life we’ve been given now!
and i chose today to run errands that required me to get in and out of the car several times! I finally texted trish and told her that i’m officially an idiot because by the time i left sams, with a cart pretty full, i was completely soaked along with all my purchases, and looked like i had taken a shower in my clothes…i just had to laugh and then go home and take a hot shower for real just to warm up! Days like this when the sky is completely grey and the rain is relentless are perfect days to stay in and do something, or nothing, if you’re lucky.
what’s your favorite thing to do on a rainy day? my ultimate fav would be to read a book and eat chocolate but since i have several lbs to lose before my next beach trip in 2 weeks and plenty of household chores to get finished, i guess i will just enjoy the time to catch up and be inside , hopefully for the rest of the day, i already upset kelsey by not coming to get her but i didn’t want to leave the house…hmm wonder if there’s any sugar free chocolate anywhere???