Tuesday, May 9, 2017

When You Can't Help It~

Even though we humans are so very different,
we can't argue the fact
that in so many ways
we are so very much the same.

Whether it's
Jonah running from God,
Gideon hiding in the wine press,
Moses trying to convince God he's not eloquent,
(on and on and on),
I have always found myself identifying
with those who have gone before.

And, truth to told,
I always seem to find myself identifying most with the "negative" character traits,
and very rarely with the "positive".

I, too, have been known to run, hide, and try to convince God I'm not eloquent.

How I long to be an Esther.
How I aspire to be a Daniel.

But, this morning as I messaged a friend,
I found myself identifying
with two of the disciples
in a way that left my heart pumping wildly
and my spirit on fire!

Our conversation went like this:

Me: You amaze me. And, inspire me. And, show me deeper and clearer who we can be when we fully surrender to Him. Thank you. Big hug, sweet friend. Love you so much.

Her: Awe. I say the same about you. I actually shared some of your story as a testimony in my Bible study about what a follower of Christ you have been this past year . . . with your willingness to follow HIM and bring glory to God!!!

Me:  More than ever I feel that all and everything is about HIM - absolutely all and everything. He's been SO GOOD to me and I just want everyone to know Him the way I am beginning to know Him. I want everyone to experience the difference in their life that He is making every moment in mine. How the world needs Jesus. What a heartbreaking reality that He is right there and so many don't even know Him. We have to fix that!!!!

That's when it happened.
As I typed that last sentence
my heart starting pumping wildly and my spirit was set ablaze.

And, amazingly,
(or maybe not amazing at all -
maybe this is what happens when God
gets ahold of you and radically changes your life -)
I identified with Peter and John
and their unstoppable desire to tell everyone about Jesus.

Then they called them and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot help but declare (emphasis mine) what we have seen and heard."
~Acts 4:18-20

It is this "cannot help but declare" that
led Jonah to Nineveh,
encouraged Gideon into battle,
placed Moses before Pharaoh.

It is this "cannot help but declare" that
keeps me typing away on my keyboard
and answering "yes" to invitations to speak.

Because in the end,
when God has found you at your end
and given you a new beginning in Him,
you cannot help but declare
what you have seen and heard.

You cannot help but tell of
His greatness and His glory,
His forgiveness and His compassion,
His power and His might,
His gentleness and His tender heart,
His comfort and His peace,
His wisdom and His knowing,
His love and His grace.

When God has changed you,
you want to change the world
with the same change that has taken place in you.

Yes, time and time again,
I find myself identifying with these ones who have gone before
because as different as we all may be,
when our identity is found in Him,
we become ONE.

ONE in Him.

Oh, that the world might be ONE.

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