Two blog posts hit my inbox today– one from an anti-trafficking missionary, another from a writer of devotionals. One in the field, one at a desk. Same message: it can’t be about you.
“Your eyes and heart need to be constantly on Jesus. Not on the circumstance or the evil that you know exists, but the love you know is eternal.” Prayer For Freedom
“Why would God call, consecrate, and commission us to share our faith, when many believers experience perceived failure and consider it mission: impossible? Often, perception doesn’t reflect reality. Actually, God never asks us to perform a task without empowering and equipping us to accomplish His task.” Allan Mitchell – Power to Change
There is one thing which will stop the message of the GOSPEL from reaching the ears who need to hear it…my pride. To share the love of Christ, I must not worry about rejection, rolling eyes or retracting footsteps. I am to, when prompted, share what I know: Jesus loves me and you so much He died to be with us, He is the one gift we are supposed to re-gift.
Whether that truth comes out in actions, in words, or in a smile, I am not the one giving the gift of Life. My Lord is, through me. I am just the one who delivers the package. Christ i s the present that can be clutched to the heart, or left on the table unopened. I may be the first person to offer the gift, or the fiftieth. Each time, it is up to the receiver to accept it, lay it aside, or toss it in the trash,
Lord keep me from focusing more on the method of delivery instead of the gift, which is You. Let me realize I am not the one they are accepting or rejecting, I am only the one You have deemed to be the person who knocks on their door and says, “Delivery.”
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17