Good day beautiful people
I hope you’ve all had a good week thus far? I can admit that I’ve found the past couple of day’s a bit disheartening, due to all the terrible things happening around the world, but the joy of the Lord has truly sustained me.
Anyways today I’d like to encourage and remind us all, that we all have a God given purpose. We all have the ability through the power of the Holy Spirit to influence others to do good. You being you, and telling your story can uplift and inspire others.
Jeremiah 15:19 ~ “This is how the Lord responds: “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you!”
Wether you be a baker, personal trainer, or a designer, whatever you do, do it for the glory of God. Your godly, sweet, and gentle attitude can positively inspire those you meet, and encourage them to do better. Seeing another human being overcome a tough life challenge, can bring another person/persons hope. To further explain myself, picture an individual who has lost a drastic amount of weight, due to making positive, and healthy lifestyle choices. Their actions can potentially motivate and move others to do the same. Also hearing someone attribute their success to God, can cause some individuals to want to discover more about that persons relationship with God. You can be used by God to draw more people onto His kingdom, through your every day job! You do not have to be a preacher to be able to do this!
Let’s look at a biblical example of an ordinary lady who pointed people to Christ, in the simplest way!…. Word of mouth. Don’t underestimate what a few kind words, or a smile can do in the life of others.
John 4:7-26 ~ “Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?” Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!” “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?” Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. But the time is coming indeed it’s here now when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus told her, “ I AM the Messiah!”
John 4: 28-30 ~ The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him.
John 4:39 ~ Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!”
This woman didn’t have a great history, she had 5 husbands, and was cohabitating with someone who she wasn’t officially married to. She wasn’t an Old Testament scholar yet her testimony of her encounter with Christ, led to a whole community hearing the truth, and caused many to receive and accept Christ. Now she wasn’t perfect, just as none of us are, but even so, her testimony turned people to the Messiah. And as believers we should also aspire to turn others to Christ through the way we live! Before we accepted God’s precious gift of salvation, we may have lived in an ungodly and repulsive manner (a life dominated by sin), but now that we are in Christ our lives should bring glory to Him (change for the better).
You have been given an assignment by Christ, therefore stop neglecting your duty to influence others for the better. It’s either you influence others to do good, OR evil…Or they influence you! And remember that you have the ability to influence. You’re an influencer in your own right (in your own unique way).
Stay safe and encouraged people, and I pray that the unfailing love of God will sustain you. Amen
Christian Lady After God’s Own Heart