I count it a great privilege each time I am opportune to be here to share what our Father has laid in my heart for us this season. Such an honour, one that I remain grateful for.
I hope you have had a November to remember. May God make all grace abound towards us all. Amen.
I was at my desk at work when a retired staff of the institution walked in, and he began to greet everyone he knew from way back. While there was the feeling of excitement in the air, some thought and questions stirred up on my inside and the answer to my question is part of what informed today's post.
Seeing this retired colleague made me say to myself "so it that all about life? Work for 35 years and then what?"
Well, I got a nudge in response which said to me "you are made for more, to impact your world". Immediately the holy spirit reminded me of the bible passage I had read earlier in the day, 1 Peter 4:8-10 where Peter was admonishing believers on how to live for God:
"Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."
Three things stand out in this passage:
1. Loving our neighbours.
2. Being hospitable and cheerfully so.
3. Serving humamity through our God-given talents.
Similarly, Apostle Paul in Romans 12:6-10, 13 describes living to make an impact through our gifts like this:
"In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality."
Another perspective that further explains that we are on earth to be a blessing is that a tree does not eat of the fruit it produces. Nevertheless, the tree would continue to produce fruits. Sometimes the experiences we go through are not for us. They are for the edification of others and in that edification lies the impact. We need to stop seeking for money first in exchange for the use of our God-given gifts. Our gifts are first for the kingdom and tonserve humanity. We all have a pulpit beit as a pastor, as a doctor, an engineer or a stylist.
In that workplace of ours, do our actions point more people to God or draw people away?
Our mandate is to let others see Jesus in us in all that we do. And this we can achieve when we show love to those around, when we are hospitable to all and when we serve one another with our gifts. Remember that all that we have, Jesus gave us. Likewise, it is not enough to pray alone; we must do, for faith without works is dead.
I pray that God will reveal to us what he is doing at this time so we can be a part of it and impact our world even as we keep the torch of good news blazing.
Loads of love 💕