My heart sings for joy when messages come to me, especially when I am aware enough to notice them for what they are. God speaks to us through our everyday ordinary.
I enjoy tea in the morning while I work on my book project or while completing assignments for my graduate class. Yogi tea these days to be exact, and tea that had been given to be for Christmas from my stepdaughter and her husband, so I not only relish sipping a great cup of tea, but also am aware of my thanksgiving for how God touches the relationships and hearts of those in our lives. God heals and restores and works all things out for our good. Being a stepmom has its ups and downs, and being able to appreciate and be blessed by a thoughtful gift carries my thoughts to gratefulness.
Yogi tea bags have a slip of paper attached with a message. Today my words told me to “Live to share.” Profound is what I immediately understood. This means so much.
Then, in case I may not have understood this giant impactful message, God used one of my devotional emails I receive from Joel Osteen.
His message for today, “Share Your Life,” is that not just too funny? Not funny, ha ha, but funny as in this is way too serious and I better pay attention real closely.
I understood the message from the tea bag. And I do understand the message from my email devotional. Better than that though, is just now, I am remembering words from my Bible earlier this morning, words that struck my spirit and have not gone away even during my walk this morning.
“Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.”
(1 Corinthians 4:1 (NKJV))
“Live to Share” and “Share Your Life” are definitely some words that play out being a servant of Christ and a steward of the mysteries of God! Living this way has massive impact and brings explosive results to our lives and the lives of others.
As I finished reading the end of Romans and the first few chapters of 1 Corinthians, I observed through the lives of the Apostles that they LIVED out what they preached. These men and woman of God, the followers of Jesus Christ, walked the walk in all aspects of their lives. Their whole being and all of their property belonged to each other and to all God sent them to and who needed help. Their lives did not reflect all of their interests and collections. It reflected their interests and collections being used to serve others as servants of Jesus. They shared their God with every single person they interacted with. All of their possessions and blessings were enjoyed and then given away as needed.
Joel Osteen’s devotional today shared this scripture: “We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too” (1 Thessalonians 2:8, NLT)
Wow, these men and woman did live to share as their daily actions portrayed. Their lives were not their own. It was all about the other person. Jesus did tell us to follow after Him. These people did so too in all of their doings. They were just like you and I. They are our examples just like our Lord and Savior is our example. God says to “love God and love others.” This is pretty clear and concise. There is no think about it or pray about it, it is a DO and BE statement.
Think about it, what says love to you and your heart? When have you felt most loved and cared about? When have you felt of value to others? When have you experienced the most joy?
For me, when someone calls me out of the blue just to say they were thinking about me and praying for me and letting me know how much I mean to them.
Or, when my husband surprises me with a note filled with his words of love and affirmation along with pretty flowers or a cute little stuffed animal. It is when I was thought of and thought of with not just the word, but with a deed. I have felt valued when others deemed me special enough to help me with something. I have experienced great joy when I take the time and make the intentions to reach out to others to be that friend for them. I walk away happy when I know my gesture brought a smile to someone and brought them joy.
So, how are you doing these days? Are you struggling? Depressed? Overwhelmed? Are you connected to other believers? Are you even going to a church, where you can meet other Christians? Are you participating in a small group where you can not only meet other people, but also get to know them and share about yourself?
How is another person going to know your hurts or challenges if you don’t interact with others? How are you going to know that who you are and what you have been blessed with would rock someone else’s world today? And maybe by your ability or blessings, you were the Angel of Mercy at a time when that person was ready to give up?
God is a God of abundance, yes, this is true, but this abundance comes to not only bless you and me, but it comes to bless those we happen to interact with or happen to meet “by chance.” Encounters with other people are never an accident. Are you ready for these encounters?
I am going to LIVE TO SHARE and SHARE MY LIFE as a SERVANT OF CHRIST and a STEWARD OF THE MYSTERIES OF GOD!
How about you?