Person #1: “..I’m praying for the best”
Person #2: “Prayer can move mountains but it doesn’t buy certain necessities or put food on the table”
When I heard this conversation, I couldn’t help but think about it. The past few weeks I have been doing a lot of thinking. I know a lot of incredible people. I caught myself thinking, “If I could be more like her”, or why can’t I have his talents”, or even “How come he got to lead so many people to Christ”. But then I was reminded of 1 Corinthians 3:5-7
“What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 7So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth”
God knew we couldn’t do it all. He created us to function together in our gifting. If I am trying to work using someone else’s gift and not mine- I will be miserable. God also places people in my life that are not in other people’s lives. I may will never be a Mother Teresa or a Billy Graham, but I know that there are people around me that may need help and God didn’t place them in anyone else’s life. He put them in mine.
That conversation that is above was between a believer and an unbeliever. The unbeliever was pointing out, without knowing it, the huge gap between the believer’s beliefs and the believer’s action. “What you believe determines how you behave- always”. So if we believe that Jesus left us to work as a unified body to reach the lost- why aren’t we out there helping the lost? I was VERY convicted because I too often say, “I’ll pray” but then I’m too afraid to take an action. I think to myself, “I might get hurt” or “It might be too much for me to fit into my schedule”. But when I look at Jesus, He never said, “That sacrifice is too great”, “It would break my heart to do that”. No, Jesus let His heart get broken time and time and time again so that mine would be healed. God has every single person on this planet for a reason. He wants more from me. He wants to do more through me. And He wants to do the same for you. So, I want to come out and put His hands and His feet to work.
I almost did not start this blog because I thought, “There are so many blogs. There is a lot of pages out there. One more won’t add anything.” But this week I heard a Pastor say this exact thing in the context of using your gifts in the body of Christ. So, I figured that was a good enough kick to get this thing rolling. So here it is Lord!
Lord, please forgive me for not taking action when action is needed. Lord, there are so many hurting people that You want to restore and make a new creation. Lord, without You I am nothing. I can do nothing. Please create in me a new heart and renews a steadfast spirit with me. Test my heart and see if there is any wicked way in me and lead me into the way everlasting. Lord, take this life and make it Your hands and Your feet to this world. Thank you for not saying that it was too much to die for me. Help me to show the same sacrificial love you showed me. I ask this in Jesus mighty name! Amen!