I enjoy reading many of your posts as a subscriber. Your words continue to inspire me, teach me, and encourage me along the way to follow Jesus of Nazareth.
Today, I was challenged by a post by Don Merritt, and his website, The Life Project. His article called The Reaction of the Believers made me wonder if I am actually advancing the gospel message? Instead of praying for boldness to advance God’s kingdom, I find myself living comfortably, not persecuted for my faith, and being more interested in maintaining the status quo.
I have noticed through reading his articles that the Holy Spirit inspired believers with boldness for the advancement of God’s kingdom. These were the front line workers who left everything to follow Jesus. They took nothing with them and depended on Jesus for everything. They were severely persecuted for their faith in ways that would truly inspire any believer to step forward.
Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy being encouraged, and encouraging others. I think of myself as a believer who is called to support the body of Christ. However, at the same time, I wonder what I am doing for the sake of the Gospel message?
As I am writing this, God is reminding me that we are one body in Christ, but with many members. We have been saved by His grace through faith and empowered to live faith-filled lives. Our giftings are different, and that is the blessing of a supportive group of believers. Together, we encourage and build up one another for the glory of His name.
So, if you are struggling to find your place among believers, remember that you are very special, and uniquely gifted, as a follower of Jesus of Nazareth. No gift is too small for you to offer someone in need. For every glass of water given to a stranger will refresh their soul, and make them wonder about the life of Jesus within you.
So, be bold, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. He will help you to remember everything that Jesus has taught you, and give you the boldness of a lion to step forward for the sake of His kingdom, and for the glory of His name. Amen.