Life is hard. Being a Christian is sometimes hard. Being a wife, a mom, a Direct Sales Director, a business owner, a homemaker, a homeschooling mom, a _____ is hard! It’s busy. It’s loud. It’s making constant decisions and constantly wandering or worrying if your decisions are right ones. It’s taking on newness every day. It’s staying calm in the face of whatever may come or whatever may be said and it’s staying true to one thing, the Word. It’s being who you are called to be no matter what.
In this crazy world where the world tells us what’s wrong and what’s right, the world we see our Christian friends slowly becoming a part of and meshing into, we need each other. We need each other not to pressure into works, not to pressure into messages that don’t infiltrate the Word of God, and not to guilt into ministries we aren’t called to, but we need each other to say “run to Jesus!”. We need another Christian in our lives to say, “Have you been in the face of God today? It’s non-negotiable for me, is it non-negotiable for you?” This is the one thing we need desperately!
Surprisingly to some, we do not need to hear that your ministry is better than ours or more important or more godly. We do not need to hear who we should or shouldn’t vote for if we are “true Christians”. We do not need to be ignored or judged by each other. We do not need to shift our focus from Jesus to selfish ambition. We do not need to be lied about, we do not need to speak horrible ungodly things over each other, and we do not need to ignore each other after the service is over. We do not need to push each other away or push each other out and pretend it was because we heard from God.
Romans 14:10-12 New International Version
10You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the LORD, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'” 12So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
I’ve grown so much in the last five years since my world was turned upside down by my former Christian peeps and four years since I began this blog. I’ve learned what grace is and what grace isn’t. I’ve learned to stay true to my convictions while still truly loving people. I’ve learned to teach my kiddos the same. I’ve learned that fear of the future will get me nowhere and that God is bigger than what man speaks over my life. God is bigger than a bad Dr.’s report. God is bigger than the world and all the mess that surrounds us. He’s bigger than the oppression that weighs us down and the depression that keeps us longing to stay in our jammies curled up in the bed quietly crying and worrying about the future. He’s bigger than the problems we face and he’s bigger than our broken hearts. He’s bigger than loneliness, he’s bigger than abandonment, he’s bigger than our let downs and disappointments, He’s bigger than our past and our future, and he’s bigger than our failures, mistakes, and even our successes. He’s even bigger than our ruffled feathers full of offense from every word spoken to us that we don’t agree with.
He. Is. Bigger.
Not only is He bigger, He is with me. He is with me at home, He is with me at the grocery store, He is with me in India, He is with me in Guatemala, He is with me on the stage at church worshipping Him, in the seats when it’s not my turn, and He is with me when I want to pull my hair out because the chiren 🙂 are drivin’ me crazy or because FB is a sounding board for all the loud voices including my own and I get deleted or blocked or mocked.
He. Is. With me and He is with you.
He is bigger than your calling. He is bigger than mine. He is with you in your calling and He is with me in mine. He is with you and me in all that I listed above, and more, all the time.
We as Christians are called to the great commission, whatever that may look like to each one. It is different in and of itself.
Pressure and condemnation, guilt and competition, are not what we need. Support and the reminder that we should jump in the face of God is exactly what we need from each other. We need accountability. We need strength within the church that would allow us each to grow strong in the Lord and in what he has for each of us. As we submerge ourselves in the Word of God, we find our purpose and our calling as men and women of God. We find strength to say “no” to temptations and “yes” to Jesus. We find the Word dwelling in us instead of thoughts that don’t belong. We find joy and peace that passes all understanding in the midst of darkness that we are able to give to others. We find our own callings.
As I’ve said before, we can’t give to others what we don’t have in ourselves. We can’t pour out what we haven’t put in. We can’t give what we don’t have because what we don’t have isn’t in us.
Christian friend, please find it in yourself to encourage your sisters and brothers in Christ to dive head first in the Word of God daily. Every. Single. Day. Yes, it may be uncomfortable. But, no! It isn’t personal.
Proverbs 27:17 New International Version
17As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Hebrews 10:24-25 New International Version
24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
God gave us each other for a reason. Be the iron that sharpens iron! Encourage those that are running this race with you to run to Jesus. Encourage them to seek Him to find their purpose and calling and to dig deep to find their gifts and talents whether they align with yours or not. Remind them it’s not about making sure your money is in the bucket or making sure you “say grace” over each meal. A relationship with Christ isn’t a check list. It also has nothing to do with how great you are or how great your works are. It’s about a deep yearning for Jesus. It’s about a hunger that can only be quenched by the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life. It’s more than just “loving Jesus”, it’s about knowing Him and him knowing you. It’s not about you knowing “of Him”, it’s about you KNOWING Him and who He is and His greatness. It’s about knowing He is bigger, He is stronger, and you are His. You are His delight, You are His son or daughter, You are made in His image and He is so good. You are beautiful, He smiles upon you, His grace is waiting for you, His goodness and His favor are on you, and all simply because you are His. He yearns for you. Yearn for Him.
He is the answer. This test called life is hard enough. Remind each other what and who the answer is, don’t make it harder than it already is. Don’t muddle what should be our true focus. Don’t confuse. Don’t condemn. Just give the answer. It’s not cheating. It’s making the world a better place when we are all reminded that no matter what, where, when, who, how, how much, or why, we need to run to Jesus. It’s reminding your fellow sisters and brothers that time with the Lord each day is life changing. It’s filling your fellow peeps with exactly what they need to face each day and face the future our great and mighty God has for them. It’s equipping each other with a never failing truth that a true and right relationship with Christ can change the world we live in today!
Father, help me to be the iron that sharpens iron. Remind me that you yearn for time with me and give me that same desire for you. God, help me set aside my own selfish ambition and my own judgements and help me keep my focus completely on you in all I do and say. I give you me. In Jesus name, Amen.