Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
You are a…
“Christ encourages you, and his love comforts you. God’s Spirit unites you, and you are concerned for others.” (Philippians 2:1, CEV)
You are a one-of-a-kind-unrepeated-miracle-of-God-destined-to-impact-a-world-of-one! Author Max Lucado writes. “You don’t have to be like the world to have an impact on the world. You don’t have to be like the crowd to change the crowd. You don’t have to lower yourself down to their level to lift them up to your level. Holiness doesn’t seek to be odd. Holiness seeks to be like God.” (A Gentle Thunder)
“God’s Spirit unites you…” Everything you are… Every person… Every storm… Every setback… Every blessing… Every thought… Every painful moment… Every negative experience… Every positive experience… Every mountaintop experience… Not only gives you the distinction of an unrepeated miracle of God but also under the auspices of the Holy Spirit makes you an invaluable means of impacting another person or persons. God puts your life experiences together making you an unstoppable force in the lives of those he puts in your path.
One of my favorite-all-time-verses is found in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian Christians. “…God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-28 NLT)
Personally I don’t consider myself foolish (although I’ve done some pretty foolish things) but when someone asks me how can I believe in a God that would allow me to go through 15 major surgeries I can understand what Paul was trying to say. But life isn’t just about what we experience or don’t experience, life is about what we do with our experiences, life is about standing up to those who consider us foolish and saying, “God takes my experiences and gives me the experience of Jesus in return.”
Your impact on the world need not be worldwide because God is a God of one person at a time. Have trouble believing that? “Jesus said, ‘In the same way there is more happiness in heaven because of one sinner who turns to God than over ninety-nine good people who don’t need to.’” (Luke 15:7 CEV) Keep in mind it is the Holy Spirit who really impacts the world not you or I.
You are a one-of-a-kind-unrepeated-miracle-of-God-destined-to-impact-a-world-of-one! Believe it! Anticipate it! Experience it! Be transformed by it!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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The LORD gives strength to those who are weary… But those who trust the LORD will find new strength…” (Isaiah 40:29, 31 CEV)
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