“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phil. 1:6, NASB
Do you ever long for a more effective Christian life … a deeper, richer, more fruitful Christian experience?
I do. I so much want to lead people to a saving knowledge of Christ … but I struggle to know how.
I’ve prayed about it. I’ve become discouraged. I feel stuck.
Where are the people? I homeschool, I write, I encourage my husband in pastoral ministry. I take care of my children and home while also trying to intentionally spend time with extended family and friends. Honestly, I can only think of two people I know—and sort of interact with—who aren’t Christians.
And what about time? Mornings to evenings are filled with what I described above—not exactly much time left to evangelize like I envision. Goodness, I can’t even make it to the sidewalk once per month for ministry outside the abortion clinic.
HE … will perfect it.
God began this work in me. HE chose me, HE gave me life in Christ, HE prepared good works beforehand for me to accomplish, HE grows me. Instead of fretting about leading numerous people to Christ, I just need to focus on HIM. As I continue praying and seeking to be filled each day with the Holy Spirit, God will guide my steps.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding, In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Prov. 3:5-6, KJV
God didn’t create me to minister just like _____. He hasn’t called me to evangelize in exactly the same way as _____. He’s chosen me for His purposes in this place at this time. Instead of striving to figure out how I can be an effective Christian like _____, today I’m going to fill up with Jesus. I’m going to sit with Him, listen to Him, be enamored by Him … and follow Him. Will you join me?
It’s not about the work we do … but the work GOD does in us.