I sent a note to a woman today, to let her know I was blessed in reading her entry for “GOD Pause”. (GOD Pause for Monday – April 16th – 2012)
The part of the entry I specifically resonated with: “…When I first read this passage years ago, I wanted every church to change their membership policies to include a commitment to the church as deep as this. Naive? Overly-zealous? Why, yes. I’ve been accused of that before…”
I believe, It takes that willingness of Spirit and just that give-it-all level of commitment before believers can truly experience, ALL of Proverbs 3….especially 3:6, “…in all your ways acknowledge HIM, and He will direct your path.” This alone is my challenge every day! I ask GOD to help me to release what I have to give, to share of myself and my possessions.
John 8:31-32 “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, If you abide in my word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
I believe that most people, Christian or not, really believe that money and possessions is the root of this dialog, when in actuality, it has nothing to do with it.
It is a state of mind, an experience, a deep rooted set of mores that will only work as people are made aware and examples shown…a path to follow.
What I hear and see is this…To be a Disciple of Christ, a student who is constantly digging into the word, searching for instructions and then following those examples, to put everyone first before myself, that is not to be determined by their faith, sexual orientation, religion, opinions, attitude, actions, politics, sins or service. I must give or be willing to give of myself as others have need. That includes my ears and my attention. Most people just want to be heard, to let them tell their story….in it is the key, sharing their journey of pain, suffering, their joy and their indecision about life and faith, about self…their reason for existence, their purpose!
As people around my circle of life see me giving my full attention and respect to them without prejudice, and yet without giving up my mores, it is at that point the SPIRIT begins to work, my job is to listen to the Spirit and be that willing vessel. It is not my job to fix people or be their solution.
I pray for self-control to just listen, asking God as I listen, to guide me through His Spirit, what if anything I should do or say, or not do or not say, but in any case, I am doing it already…I am there side by side with them in community, sharing a story, being a friend, someone to talk to, someone who will listen!
“Father God, I pray you give me your wisdom, patience and strength…all the things we need to be your disciples and serve others. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Blessings to Siri, Theodore and Lucy