What a way to start my day…I popped into the kitchen for some coffee while a feisty rant fest was playing out with my co workers. Before I knew it I made a comment which further stirred the pot as 3 pairs of eyes glared at me.
“Sheesh!” “I really need to remember to simply shut my mouth!”
When we are Jesus filled, I can honestly attest that we go through a transformation. The way we see the world changes, just as that sinful person we were goes through a series of self reflection and insight, and change. God’s grace changes our perspectives and perceptions of the world. The negative we once felt make way for an understanding as we leave our sinful past behind us, and yes, we are made new. Those things we love to do or say in the pass is behind us. I am not saying it’s an overnight phenomenon, but over time, as we embrace Christ within us…we go through a transformation process, because He is now guiding us.
Stepping outside of my comfort zone, of my Church and worship community, and dealing day in and day out with the world around me is daunting and challenging.
As much as I love being in my comfort zone, I think about Jesus – Our wondrous God who came to us in human form so that we may come to know him. He walked among us and help those in need. He healed the sick. His ministry was with the outcast of society. Jesus emulated love. How do I emulate love when I hide from the world?
When we let Jesus into our life and soul, there is something inside us which is transformed. The judgmental, bitchy, negative me – the me who use to sit with the girls and trash talk has faded away. Instead my heart is filled with a love for Jesus that raises in me a depth of soulfulness that I cannot even articulate. I can say that there is a song in my heart. My pen composes love songs for Jesus. There have been moments when I am so overwhelmed with his love, I feel the tears of joy run down my cheeks.
There is also this incredible feeling within to share with others the love that emulates from with in…I want to shout, and sometimes imagine myself lifting my arms in praise of our glorious God. I am aware that those around me – those who have known me – do not understand the changes in me. I have become an outcast and a freak!
Yes, I am happy to live in my bubble, sharing with my fellow Jesus loving family and community, but He calls out to me to walk among the non believers. They are in our workplace, our schools, and we pass them by daily….and Jesus wants us to show mercy, to love, and share our love of Him with those around us. He wants us to tell others how much Jesus loves them too!
Out there, not everyone is gonna think like me, or even share the same religion as me. It’s not about me! It is about sharing the love of Jesus! There’s someone out there who desperately need to know of his love. There is someone out there who wants to know Jesus. Repeat, it is not about me, but about sharing the love of Jesus with others.
God wants to use us as an instrument of help and hope in the world. How can I let God use me if I hide in my shell – my comfort zone? The world yearns for hope, and I have a God who is all about hope and glory – How can I be so selfish that I would want to keep this good news to myself?
Yeah it is scary – they are different from me, with different backgrounds, different opinions, diverse personalities, and their lifestyles are not necessarily like mine, but God still calls us to the world.
Yes, I will feel discomfort, as I did when I should have shut up! I will definitely feel the blunt of their disagreement, and their disdain, but we have a God who wants to partner with us, and He calls us to follow him like fishers of men to outreach!
The next time I find myself in a similar situation, I pray I have the insight and wisdom to smile, and simply say,”Good Morning!”