Jeremiah 29:11 – ““ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
My mentor, who is a missionary, taught me about serving God from his previous experiences. More specifically, he didn’t want me to make the same mistakes that his former team and himself had made. This is his story.
“My family and three other missionary families were trying to plant a church in Asia for eight years through teaching English and music at our centre because we felt comfortable doing this. During this time, only 3 people became Christians. At the end of these eight years, I realized that my team had spent too much time waiting for people to come to us, rather than going out to find people to share with. We had never asked God how we should do ministry, but just assumed that opening an English and music school would be effective since that’s what many others had done for ministry.”
From this experience, he taught me the importance of getting out of my comfort zone and following the Holy Spirit to meet people and not just wait for them to come to me. Once we started going out to meet people, hearts started to change and lives started to be transformed.
In Acts 16: 7-8, Paul, Timothy and Silas “tried to go to Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas.”
In our lives, we feel comfortable doing what we are good at. Many times, we don’t wait to ask God to show us what he wants us to do because we think we are already doing what He wants us to do. But actually, He wants us to ask Him what his plans are for us. When we try to follow our own plans in our own strength, we want to stop when we face problems. However, when we know that we are doing what God has called us to do, we can still have peace and continue through the problems because God promises to always be with us.
Consecrated people know whose they are and what they are to be set apart for. In light of this here are some questions to consider:
- Am I the leader of my life, or is the Holy Spirit?
- Am I only doing the things that I feel comfortable doing, or am I listening to the leading of the Holy and going outside of my comfort zone?
I pray that we are all listening to the leading of the Holy Spirit and in the center of God’s will so that we can all be a blessing to the people around us when they see Jesus through us.
As you sit, listen to this song, “Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me” consider the ways of our own life that are actually still through you and have yet to be handed over to God.
May we all be set apart for his kingdom.