I’m grateful for the pause button in a really busy day. I’ve learned that those times aren’t readily handed to us. We must deliberately push the pause button and take in the spiritual food of God’s Word that is wonderfully nourishing to our souls.
So, I did.
I paused. Listened to a message from a gifted writer, speaker, and servant of God. I was fully alive and fully present in the moment. Many times I listen as I take care of other things around the house, but today I dropped it all and opened my Bible to follow along. Quite a few things I heard to encourage and empower me in this journey of ministry, and I will share one huge point in hopes that it will too refresh you in your servant journey with Christ.
When I became fully present in the moment at hand, I heard a word from God that infiltrated my senses like a fresh fragrance on a beautiful spring day. It felt like a warm, gentle breeze strong enough to nudge me forward in my plight in ministry.
When Beth Moore recited Colossians 4:17, I could hear Paul’s voice under careful inspiration of the Holy Spirit saying to me as he had said to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” The Message Bible translates the same verse: “Do your best in the job you received from the Master. Do your very best.”
What does this mean to me? And you?
It means that no matter what circumstances and opposition we face, we must remain in the work.
I simply love the way she referenced the opposition Paul and Barnabas encountered in Iconium. Namely, she mentioned, “At Iconium they [Paul and Barnabas] entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord” (Acts 14:1-3, emphasis added).
They remained in a hostile environment yet continued to excel in the work that God had called them to do. Friends, we must do the same thing! All environments will not be conducive or even enthusiastic about those who speak boldly for Jesus Christ, though the outward showing appears to be in favor. But God has not changed His mind about my calling….neither has He changed His mind about your calling.
This is great news to me, and I hope to you as well!
Be certain to:
Press Pause Deliberately.
Be Actively Engaged.
Be Fully Alive.
Be Fully Present in the Moments of each day, particularly in those moments when our Lord is speaking to and encouraging your heart for the work in service to Him.