“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” Proverbs 10:9
I don’t know about you but I have a long list of things I’ve been asking God to do in me. I don’t want to seem like I’m a complete mess…but I am. So, I regularly ask Him to make me more like Him. To give me the passion in my heart for what His will is for my life. And He has been. Slowly but surely He’s giving me new passions in my life. Passions that I honestly never would have volunteered for let alone want to run.
One of the passions he’s given me is reading/listening to books. They are, for the most part, faith based books but I have also been reading books that are intended to make me a more ‘well rounded’ person. The current one that I am listening to is ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People~Power Lessons in Personal Change’ by Stephen R. Covey. I’ve only just started and I’ve already come across a “wow” statement.
“Your character speaks so loud I can’t hear what you’re saying.”
My jaw just about dropped. It hit me like a ton of bricks and I completely missed who he referenced said it. The very first thing that I thought of was me as a Christian. Is my walk with God showing both my faith in Him and the changes that He’s been making in me? Am I a more loving person? Am I showing more mercy and grace to those around me? Or am I living a ‘do as I say not as I do’ faith walk?
I hope and pray to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that I am, at least more often than not, displaying a life lived as a Christian should. Most especially my love toward those around me, regardless of who or what they believe in. I hope that I display well, especially to those I love, what 2 Timothy 2:15 states; “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” That living my life by the Word of God is a blessing, not just the ‘right’ thing to do.
This is another reason, if I haven’t mentioned it before, that I want and hope to be able to take classes (I hope this makes sense to you) to really get into the ‘meat’ of the Bible. To gain a better grasp of His teachings for us. To be better able to display and share the love and hope that is within it’s pages. I believe this is a step that He is guiding me through so I can do well the passion that He has given me-to have a ministry that shows those that are struggling with guilt and feelings of condemnation from things they have done or have been done to them in the past that God loves us-including through all of our good-bad-ugly times. That His arms are open wide waiting for them specifically– to come home to Him.
I believe He’s given me this specific passion because He’s done exactly that for me. He’s shown me that, in spite of what I’ve done and what I’ve been through-or what anyon else says, HE says I am worthy of His love and mercy.
Friends, I pray that if you have not come to Him yet, please do. Come now. Find the comfort that your longing for in the one and only place it can truly be received-with our God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He died for YOU. No matter what you or I have done-He loves you and I with all that He is. Come my friend. Come home.
Have an awesome day and I pray that He pours out His blessings on you this beautiful Tuesday.
In Jesus’ precious name.