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There are a million truths for every lie So speak it out loud and let it lift high There are a million reasons to cover your eyes But the light is shining Through the darkness we hide But the light is shining Through the darkness we hide
| Chorus | So come let it come let it Come let it come let it shine Come let it come let it Come let it come let it shine
Lyrics from "Let It Shine" by All Sons & Daughters
It's funny how I can always come up with a million excuses to avoid the things that God is calling me to. Especially the big things...you know, like "feed the poor", "love your enemies", "put Me first"...that stuff. I can avoid the calling of Christ and get mighty secure in my self-centeredness. I will keep my feet and my hands still when God is clearly telling me to Go & Do.
I can always find a million excuses to not obey, and exactly 100% of them are invalid.
At the end of His time on earth, after He's destroyed death and rocked the resurrection, Jesus gathers His disciples around Him and commissions them, saying:
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And I behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. | Matthew 28:18-20, emphasis mine
Did you catch that? Go ahead and read it again.
Do you know what Jesus says to us? To you? To me?
I am with you always.
The I AM says I AM with you ALWAYS.
Many of my excuses are rooted in good old-fashioned stubbornness, but a lot of them are also rooted in fear. What if that person doesn't want to be my friend any more? What if I say the wrong thing? What if my words tumble out in a jumble? What if I *gasp* don't have it all together?
No where in Scripture does God say we have to have our act together in order to serve Him. In fact, that's the whole point of the Cross...we can't help ourselves. We have been saved by Christ, and He says "Go! Make disciples! Teach! You have nothing to worry about because I AM in control and I AM with you!"
It makes the going and doing a bit less scary, don't you think?
As some of you know, Hans and I took our first year of marriage off from ministry, because hello marriage in itself is a ministry, and a really important one! That was the direction we felt God leading. We needed time to figure each other out, work out the snags, and enjoy the blessing of each other. We're almost eight months (!!!) into that year, and not being involved in formal ministry has been unfathomably wonderful. Now, we're looking forward.
As Ellie Holcomb sang, "There's a beauty that we never know what the future holds."
It is beautiful. Exciting. Terrifying. Mostly beautiful and exciting, though.
We're starting to explore where God wants us next. What He wants us to Go & Do. Because we want to follow. We want to be obedient. We want to see His kingdom touch down on earth and we want to get our hands dirty. We want to sacrifice, we want to live small so that others can breathe big. And we don't know what that looks like yet.
But we want to seek God's will and find out.
Where has God been calling you lately?
Under Grace, Rachel
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