May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
I was challenged this weekend with the question “What do I bring to the moments I’ve been gifted?” Proverbs 15:4 states, The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. How well am I breathing the Life and Truth of Jesus into everyone He crosses my path with throughout my daily moments? “Every birth is God telling us He’s not done with us yet.” I just love that! But now to take it a step further, every person still with a breath and a heartbeat is someone He has not given up on yet and thus neither should I!
Jesus in His mighty show of ultimate strength displayed gentleness toward me by restraining His strength, choosing to remain on the cross to save us all! So no matter what dry bone situation or person He brings my gifted moments across, I must believe He will provide all that I need to allow Him to breath His life through me into them or it! Will I choose first to show His strength in me by surrendering my will to His and allow His gentleness to flow through out of reverence to Him who showed it first to me when I least deserved it?!
After all if my mind and heart has been opened to Truth that is a sheer blessing from above and I believe a blessing is given never just for the one but to be shared! Quick read John 1:43-48. Okay so verse 43 says Jesus called Philip and Philip responded to His call! But then in verse 45 what does Philip do with that blessing? He finds Nathaniel and shares the blessing, the good news of Jesus! But now what does Jesus say to Nathaniel in verse 48?! I saw you BEFORE Philip called you! WOW! So the calling on my heart to know Him is for me but also for the ones He wants to reach through me!! (Eph. 2:10) No good thing comes from my heart, if I have any kind thought it didn’t stem from me so to hold back in fear or anger or resentment when it is in my power to do good is just sinful. (Proverbs 3:27)
Think of the Samaritan women at the well in John 4:1-42. Jesus says in verse 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. You can just hear the desperation in her voice in verse 15 The women said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water. I don’t sense that she wanted the water Jesus spoke of solely due to the hard work it was to continually draw your own water. I think it was more so that she could avoid the humiliation of having to try and always make it to the well at odd times to dodge the unkind comments and judging stares that constantly assailed her. That had to be way more exhausting, more crushing to the spirit, than drawing any amount of water any day!
If I’ll fill up with Him, allow Him to be Who I want to reflect, Who I depend on, Who my security is found in, Who I seek harmony with and submit to, Who I seek my validation from, Who my first concern is for than I can be silent before Him and rest in His all sufficiency to be the great I AM…_____ (fill in the need) in any situation or with any person He may bring to my moment for His glory. But if I’m not willing to wait on Him to fill me up I can be certain I won’t wait on another human being that may require patience and a bit of Godly understanding; you know… the same kind I would want others to give me.
Jesus we have never locked eyes with another human being that didn’t matter to You (that includes us looking into the mirror.) So help us to remember that our moments are a gift and the opening of our hearts to You is a blessing to be shared with the world! The message You gave the precious women at the well is a message You felt was so important that You restate it just before You closed Your Word in Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. So if You died for “whoever” and You call “whoever” than may I be for the “whoever” too in spite of whatever; and may what I bring to each of my gifted moments be a stepping stone to You and not a stumbling block and may what I speak be Life.
Independent Read: Ezekiel 37:3-6, John 3:16, John 14:6, 1 John 4:19, Psalm 37:7