Growing Pains – It Does The Body Good…
This is going to be an “ouch word..” Oh yes… Well, it is not directed at anyone person but if the Holy Spirit causes you to wince, just remember I am only a messenger and this word is one that has been kicking my butt because I haven’t wanted to be obedient and write it, but now the Holy Spirit is pushing me forward to do so.
Some words that God gives us are used to help us to grow in Him. Words that cause growing pains and help us to move forward in what God wants us to do. A lot of people tend to like to hear things “sugar coated” but I am not one to do that and the word I am writing today is one that even I need to pay attention to for myself. So here it goes…
If you fit the definition of someone who is part of God’s Called Remnant (as described in the home page, you saw it when you first came on here). You are someone who hungers to be in the center of God’s will for your life. you are hungry to move forward into ALL of what God has for you… You love Him with ALL of your heart… That’s REALLY GOOD. But in wanting to go forward, there are somethings that if you haven’t already found out – you WILL find out. Being called by God in a world that is fallen is not something that is a piece of cake. Jesus even said, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” (John 15:18)
That is something that you would think would cause us comfort, but the truth of the matter is, it is painful. It hurts. It is something that if you are following Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you have to accept – but it doesn’t take away the smarting pain of rejection when people look at you, sneer at you, mock you, hate you, turn their backs on you, label you “politically incorrect” because of your love for the Lord and for the Word of God. IT HURTS. Especially when you are ostracized by family, close friends or other people important to you. James who was an actual brother of Jesus, said, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:2-5)
Jesus went through it, the apostles went through it and yes – we go through it too. When you think about it, it really shouldn’t surprise us, because it is only those who we love MOST in this world who can hurt us, so of course those are the ones that ol’ slewfoot uses to cause us the most amount of pain. What is the answer to that? KEEP WALKING. KEEP PRAYING. KEEP READING YOUR WORD, KEEP BELIEVING. KEEP YOUR EYES FOCUSED ON JESUS.
I know from personal experience that it is NOT easy. He never said it WOULD be easy. What He did say is that He gets it, He knows. He experienced it firsthand ALL the way to the cross. Jesus could at ANY time have changed His mind and said, “Okay, Father – ENOUGH. I’m fried, I’m done. No more! This hurts too much! I CANNOT do this any more!” But He didn’t. He had a calling on His life. He knew that He IS the way, the truth and the life. The only way for us to be reconciled with the Father. He didn’t focus on His pain, He focused on the Victory. He focused on His calling. Jesus knew that He would be our example. Jesus knew that He had to love us HIGHER than we could understand. Remember that Jesus prayed: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke 22:42-44)
You COULD be the only “Jesus” someone sees.
You COULD be the only voice calling to someone in this wilderness of a world…
There is someone who may only learn about salvation through you – and you have no idea who that could be.
It could be a family member who doesn’t know Jesus…
He could be a co-worker or a complete stranger…
If YOU don’t allow God to use you, WHO will? It’s not that God can’t use someone else – it is just that He has chosen YOU.
So you look at me and say, “but Kelly, I don’t know what God is calling me to do….”
My response – “SO ASK HIM…” My calling is one that I did every day, not even realizing that it is what God was calling me to do. God’s exact words to me (and I’m seriously quoting what he said). “What I have called you to do is as plain as the nose on your face… I have called you to write.” I actually laughed out loud when I heard that. (I really did). Not once did I ever think of “writing” as my calling. It was just a hobby, something I did. But you know what? The things we are good at are what are called OUR GIFTS. We often take them for granted because we are just so use to doing them. They are our “go-to” place.
Maybe what God is calling YOU to do is “as plain as the nose on YOUR face too?” Maybe if you haven’t given this any thought, you might want to grab a piece of paper and a pencil and sit down and think about what you like doing. What you feel good about doing. Can you bake? Can you sew? Are you good with money? Do your friends come to you for help and advice? Really think about yourself and take a good hard look at who you are. God has given you gifts for a purpose. FOR HIS PURPOSE. He is only asking you to step out on faith (and yes, sometimes that could be stepping out of your comfort zone) and walk in HIM.
I never set up a website before. Are you kidding me??? But when God told me He wanted to me to take my writing to another level, it caused me to get out of my comfort zone and step out on faith to find out HOW to go about doing it. He stretches us, He grows us we only have to be open to it. You have to ask yourself, “Am I open to it?” I will tell you that ol’ slewfoot will put doubts in your mind. He will have you come up with 101 excuses on NOT stepping out on faith. “I can’t, I need this, I have to that… I’m not this…” Don’t listen! God wants to work THROUGH you, remember? Because really, it is ALL HIM. It is just our willingness and obedience to to say, “YES LORD. OKAY…. HERE I AM. WHAT’CHA GOT PLANNED?!” And with that submission He opens doors. We are vessels of the Holy Spirit, it only takes a willing spirit. Are YOU willing?
There are times in our walk when God is calling us to go further than we have it within ourselves to go We have come to the end of ourselves. But if you ask Him, He will strengthen you. The truth is, that is when God is able to really show forth His power in our lives because we come to the realization that whatever we are going through, it is not our own strength that can get us through, it is His.
Maybe He is asking you to be still.
Maybe He wants you to know that “It is Not by power, not by might but by HIS Spirit.”
And if you think about the examples that God gives us of the people He has used and as you think about it, realize (if you haven’t already realized this) they were people that no one would have suspected God would choose to use in the HUGE roles that they ended up having. God has a role for you. It is a role meant JUST for you. And it may very well take you outside of your comfort zone, but in the end if you are open to what God wants you to do – it will glorify God and bless you because of it.
He didn’t say it would be easy – but what it will be is rewarding, fulfilling and oh so worth it, because honestly there is NO GREATER feeling than walking in the center of His will… Now is the time to stop, look and listen… Your Father’s got a calling with JUST your name on it… Take that first step – it’s called faith.