Last month I shared just a few stories of people here and how our paths have crossed. I would like to share today about how God has used those people, God the missionary that is, to impact MY life.
Are you a naturally fearful person?
Do you struggle with stepping out and letting God use you for more than you feel you are able?
If so, you are in good company. I am that way, and I take so much comfort as I see in the Word that I am not alone. Everyone God used seemed to doubt their calling, question if God had made a mistake, argue with the Lord about how they were not qualified, and so on.
I’m so thankful that God continues to call us and equip us, despite the fact that we sometimes feel overwhelmed and perhaps run in the other direction. (See- Jonah.)
“I am NOT alone.”
As I have met the disabled, the displaced, the suicidal and the sick here- there has been one constant. They are all desperate for Jesus. They don’t need someone who thinks they have it all together.
They need one who has felt like “the least of these”, who has felt invisible and insignificant, who is DESPERATE for a touch from God on a daily basis- to share with them this Glorious news of salvation and minister practically to them through His Grace alone. I suppose that is what makes me qualified, the very fact that I am not.
“I know that I can’t do anything without His empowering, but empower He does.”
There have been days when I was so sick that I felt I couldn’t share or minister, but that’s exactly what God had me do at certain points. The end results are usually incredible and miraculous things happening. Why? I believe it is because the heart of the Missionary God is displayed, and all of the glory and honor go to Him.
I know, as well as most people around me, that I cannot do the work or anything else at the time. We are all left marveling at His faithfulness and love.
Through the years, I truly believe that God has taught me far more than I could teach anyone here. He has shown me His heart, love, and grace through the lives of the people here.
When I saw Mercy’s smile in the midst of her pain, God showed me that I can rejoice in all things.
When I saw Kenneth’s courage to come forward and confess Christ in the midst of the mockers (his friends), I was encouraged that I can step out more courageously as well.
As I watched James dying of Hepatitis and yet set free, after a simple pray and a drum, I marveled that God truly works all things together for the good of those who love Him. (Romans 8:28)
Vincent’s life showcases God’s miraculous intervention and pleasure. Today he can do so many things that we never thought possible. He could have died or ended up crippled, but instead he is physically restored. What a reminder to me that God wants to do above and beyond what I could ask or hope for (Exceedingly and abundantly above!!- See Ephesians 3:20).
“He has shown me His heart, love, and grace through the lives of the people here.”
I would like to challenge each of you who reads this to think about some of the people that God has brought into your life. Maybe they are your mentors, maybe you are theirs. It could be a parent, a friend, or maybe a beggar on the streets.
How has God used them to impact your life?
Write out specific promises from the Word and traits of the Missionary God that you have learned from their lives. Please feel free to share below what God speaks to your heart!