Do you think God is pleased with us as we run off to another Bible Study, conference, seminr or workshop? There are many women (and men) who run after one more study, more knowledge and it seems good, it probably is good. But how much studying do we need to do before we are going out into the street and helping the homeless, or those in prison, or a frazzled young mom?
I know women who are too busy to mentor, or help the needy because they are attending several studies. How many studies to we need to attend before we feel ready to apply that which we've studied?
What about me? Am I so consumed with ministry within the church that I have forgotten about those women outside the church that need to hear about Jesus? How much do I have to KNOW before I feel ready to share the love of Jesus to those who have never heard?
There are women who are dying in their sin, they are longing for answers, for love, for a connection, but I'm so busy with "church" I don't have time. Is God pleased?
So this is what I was thinking before I got here to Panera's. Then I read a devotion from Come Away My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts and it had this to say;
My promises are of no avail to you execpt as you apply and appropriate them by faith. In your daily walk, you shall be victorious only to the degree tha tyou trust Me....Overburdened as the world is with trouble and sickness, I need those who have proved My sufficiency in everyday, personal experience to lead the suffering to the fountains of life. I need those who have found Me as burdenbearer to help bring deliverance to the oppressed.
Never begrudge time given to chronic complainers, but recognize in each encounter the opportunity to speak a word that my lead to their leberation. No case is too hard for Me. Never be taken by surprise when I use you to change a pattern. do not judge a man by what he appears to be, but see him as what he can be if he gives himself unreservedly to Me.
So I am left with this question; If I make myself completely available to God what life can God change through me?
Oh Father show me Thy will.....