My husband likes to say that people tell me their whole life story. That may not be completely true but it is true that if you take the time to carefully listen, people will more likely reveal themselves. You just might get a glimpse of who a person is, as opposed to who they feel they need to be. See, one of the benefits of knowing Jesus is that if we allow Him to rule us, transform us and conform us we will have a heart like His, and when we do, people become aware of His presence, friends. They will feel free to be who they are without pretense. When others sense the One True Living God through His Holy Spirit, there can be a sense of reality and hope together. There comes an incomprehensible sense of grace that is not so easily articulated.
We want to be around people who are grace-filled, don't we?
God gave me a lesson many years ago about who was to be in charge of who had access to me.
I worked in one particular gym facility, and I was a fairly new Believer.
There were certain people I never spoke to or with,
but they knew who I was and I was to soon learn they had opinions about me.
God was about to teach me an important lesson about the difference
between a mediocre Christian life and a Miracle-filled one.
It came in one of many conversations.
One of the lessons God wanted to teach me and He made it clear early on,
was that anytime, anywhere I needed to be willing and available to serve Him.
At a moments notice.
When I was or was not planning it, as His Spirit led.
Boundaries come hard for me. But God still reminded me that He is trustworthy.
He continues to teach me to tune into Him and to listen with His heart.
I remember when I began to let God lead me to the anyone, anytime, anywhere concept.
I was talking training methods to a gym member, and he looked me in the eye and said (dead serious),
"I found out today you are human (!). I have always seen you as someone on a pedestal!
You are so distant and come in and out of the gym, always so busy."
I was ashamed.
Even as a new Christian I could see that I had been proud and vain.
I wanted to choose who I spoke with and didn't as well as who I shared truth with and who I didn't.
God corrected me and showed me that to walk with Him meant letting go
of all of my preconceived ideas of who, when and where
I should speak.
I am a planner, as many of you know from reading my posts.
I have had a few head to heads and hard lessons learning this aspect of my walk.
But God wants to use us where we are, so I availed myself because I understood this was His will.
Of course I did tell Him my objections, which usually got me back to the "Because I'm God" clarification.
I learned His ways are not my ways and my ways usually require as little inconvenience as possible.
But when we walk with Him, it becomes great joy to be inconvenienced
for the furtherance of His Kingdom,
and the building up of His Body this side of Heaven.
That is the point.
It is not always easy to listen.
To hear with your heart, mind and ears is hard.
To listen and take the time to really hear what another
person has to say takes time and effort.
Time, attention and convenience, often.
Consider the fact that at the drop of a hat you have a Savior willing to
listen to your every heartache, complaint, emotion.
It cost Him to be that available to you, dear one.
How then should we respond to a hurting world?
A distraught stranger?
A discouraged friend?
A disgruntled family member?
Availing myself to His Heart has allowed me to see miracles, friend.
Having a heart like His is a Faith Life Preserver
and precursor to seeing His Kingdom.
31 Days of Faith Life Preservers
October 1-31, 2012
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