Yesterday, I saw a woman in the market adding up her grocery bill on her phone calculator. Every item she put in her cart, she added the price to her running tally. I realized that she may be way on top of her finances and she is super organized and sticks to a budget to maintain balance in her life. That's awesome (a bit jealous) :) or, she could be so tight on money that she doesn't have the option to just buy anything and is limited to the bare necessities.
I realized while watching her that God has kept me. There was a time in my life, that I was at the point of the second scenario. Not much money and just trying to feed a family on hardly any funds to do so. The provision of God is powerful.
What season in your life are you in? Can you enter a market and purchase food and pretty much anything you want or need without having to rob Peter to pay Paul? Or, are you on a shoe string budget because of limited funds and just trying to survive??
Without much notice from us, the seasons of life change. Seeing this lady in the market yesterday, reminded me in BIG, BOLD LETTERS that God has kept me. Without much notice from me, but through the prayers and cries of my heart, God brought me through a very hard and difficult season of lack to a season of sufficiency. Sometimes, you don't realize it until you don't have to struggle anymore.
God, You are faithful. You are awesome. God, You're my deliver. Thank you for providing for me when I don't even notice. All glory and honor to Your Holy Name.
God loves you and has an awesome plan for your life!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news that God restored our brokenness with wholeness through the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ came to transform lives. My life is counted as one of those transformations.
Transform - verb: to change, metamorphose. To undergo a change, appearance or character. ; become transformed. 2 Corinthians 7:14
Recently, I was asked how I became a pastor. It was a question I hadn't been asked before. It caused me to pause before I could really articulate the answer. That question has remained on my mind and I've begun a quest to find the answer. I mean, the direct, earth shattering answer that confirmed in me that serving as a pastor is what God had for me.
Ready for the answer??? My answer is, it found me. I can't say that at one particular moment in time, the earth stood still and God opened up the heavens with His voice of directive. It was more of a process of walking out life with Him. And through those experiences, He was drawing me closer to Him and transformation in my life and heart occurred.
From what God did for me and in me, I gained a desire to share with others the impact that God has had on my life. The times that He and I shared in despair and in joy, He has been outstanding. The result is a burning desire for all people to experience God in their own life and situations. To move from despair, depletion, defeat and deflation to victory!!!
How does transformation look in your life? What has God done that you want to shout it from the rooftops? Ephesians 4 makes it clear that there is one body and one spirit, but many working parts. So your call may not be to Pastor, but each of us has a call to testify, or tell others about the transforming work of Jesus Christ in our life.
May you be bold and courageous in telling your story of how God has transformed your life. My prayer for you is that God would fill your mouth to proclaim the truth of Jesus Christ every single day that there is breath in your body. In Jesus Name. Amen.