Thursday, November 10, 2011

Share Yourself

"Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."  ~Romans 12:4-5

When we were in Colombia, South America this past summer, each member of our team was asked to prepare a Bible lesson to share at individual times.  My assignment was the slum church gathering.  I was terrified.  Praying heartily before our trip and beseeching other dear sisters and brothers in Christ to pray with me, I went. 

In a poverty-stricken barrio nestle in the heart of South America, I shared the story of Paul and Silas and how they sang in prison.  I was ready, I thought.  My lesson had three main points and a few illustrations sprinkled throughout.  I was quite pleased that the three points even carried a bit of internal alliteration with them.  Which, if you think about it, is pretty humorous considering the fact that the lesson was interpreted into Spanish, and all English play on words was lost in translation.

The lesson went well enough; but I believe strongly to this day that more than me bringing anything new or wonderful to the barrio, God met us there.  I simply went, opened the Word of God, and shared.  And for my friends' in the slum part, they came and shared.
I was so struck that evening at how God is everywhere.  How HE moves, in His ways, in His times; it is truly nothing we do or can accomplish, it is all His Spirit in us and through us. 

Since then, I have sought to show up.  To be available whenever and wherever God leads.  In every moment.  To share the Word of God, to pray with and for others, to encourage, to fellowship and to be completely open to God moving in and through me.  And it has flipped my whole perception on how this whole service for Him thing works. 

Share yourself today in the name of Christ and for the glory of God alone.  He designed you with unique abilities and gifts that are for this moment, for this brief snapshot in the frame of eternity.  Open your heart and hands to Him, ask Him for direction and let your feet follow where He leads.

Enjoy today,

1 comment:

  1. Wendy, Thank you for sharing your inspirational, loving stories. They are written from the heart and I have really been blessed by your blog. Thanks once again, Sandi