“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” Mt. 28:19-20
Within about one minute of a woman picking up the telephone at a place of business I called so I could get some help with something, I sensed in the woman’s voice something wasn’t right. She didn’t seem particularly friendly. Not especially warm. Not inviting. Not like someone who wanted to help me with anything. My fleshly, ungodly tendency is to get grouchy on the phone when I call places and don’t like something. Oh, I have such a long way to go! Such a long way to grow! This time, the Lord got a hold of me quickly. Within two minutes on the telephone, something wild happened. I didn’t even have the opportunity to ask the woman for what I needed help with. Because the Spirit of God took control of me.
“I need to pray for you,” I essentially said.
Almost immediately, the woman started crying. And I started praying. Both of us forgot she was at her place of business, that she was supposed to be helping me, and that I was supposed to be telling her what I had called for in the way of what I needed.
“God sent you to me,” the woman effectively said when I was done. “I prayed for help this morning,” she told me.
The woman ended up helping me with what I needed, but it was clear to us both the call wasn’t about my getting my need met. It was about a woman in need of Christ’s love getting her need for help met. It was about my humbling myself before God instead of being grouchy so He could use me to bless someone who needed to see His love in action. It was about the amazing opportunity I had once again to pray for a stranger. It was about the Lord answering her cry for help.
Do you realize if we would open up our hearts, and open up our ears, and open up our eyes, and look beyond what we see, and hear beyond what we hear, and not get so caught up with the physical world that we miss God, that we would see a world in need and have endless opportunities to share the Gospel message, to show Christ’s love, and to help and encourage people to believe in and follow Jesus?
Keep your heart open, friend. Everywhere around us are people in need of Jesus. Of hearing about Him, of how to believe in Him and follow Him. Of experiencing His love through us. Of getting their needs met by Him through us. Of receiving a hug, a smile, a listening ear, a helping hand, help with the Bible, love, love, love, oh, the love of Christ!
I will likely never cross paths with that woman again. But God used me that day as a little vessel of His love in her life. The way He wants to use all of us as His children, His servants, His vessels, to pour His love through.
Be His. Be Christ’s. Turn from your sins. Turn to Him. Believe in Him. Faithfully follow Him. Surrender yourself utterly to Him day by day. Be His vessel. Be His servant. Glorify His name. Day in. Day out. Forever. Live for Jesus. And love others in His name. Be open to how He might use you today. And all the days and years and forever to follow. May His name be exalted forevermore, AMEN! May the way you live bring glory to His holy most blessed everlasting precious beloved glorious name! Hallelujah!