Have you had an inkling over the last few weeks of something you could do for a family member, neighbor, friend, co-worker, or other person or group of people in your life? For example: an invitation to a Christmas Eve service, giving an unexpected gift, taking cookies to a neighbor, calling up an old friend, inviting someone to join you for Christmas dinner, etc.
Encouragement for the day: DO IT!
I have had several things on my mind in the last weeks that I know have come from a Holy Spirit nudging. I want to go for it, but quickly insecurities about how I'll be perceived or doubts about logistics threaten to keep me from action.
DON'T BE A WIMP!
Why? Because if you belong to Christ, His very Spirit lives in you. And if He's spoken to your heart and mind, you can be sure that He's got something good up His sleeve. Not to mention the fact that you, as a child of THE KING need not live by fear; you are loved beyond your wildest dreams. Have you paused to consider this Christmas just how ridiculous it is that God should care to rescue us from sin and give us new life? I think it's nuts. It is the kindness of God that leads to repentance. Nuts, but oh. so. wonderful!
So we rejoice!
And we can BE BOLD!!
I write this
post pep-talk mostly for myself, as there are a couple of things I need to prioritize and attend to today to love God and love my neighbor as the Spirit is leading. If this means anything to you, then join me in "rolling with the Spirit" and let's see what God will do in our lives and the lives of those to whom we minister.
For Christ's love compels us, because we are all convinced that the One died for all and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.2 Corinthians 5:14-15
For God did not give us a Spirit of timidity, but a Spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.2 Timothy 1:7