Your Sisters Are Waiting On You
As I was sitting in church this morning, the Holy Spirit laid something on my heart. My sisters are waiting on me!
I have always been an introvert with extrovert capabilities. I keep a tight circle of friends, but I have never met a stranger. I am extremely serious by nature (oldest child), but I will be the first to try and break the ice. Long story short, I tolerate people. I sometimes even like them, but I do not need them! At least that is what I thought...until the Holy Spirit came and cracked the lens in my perspective.
Not only do I need people, but people need me! There is a lot of responsibility and vulnerability in that statement, but I want to use the scriptures to show you what I mean.
Psalm 51: 10-13 shows us the responsibility of operating as a part in a body. In this psalm, David is revealing his heart to God as he repents for sleeping with Bathsheba and the sin to follow (trying to pin her pregnancy on her husband, then killing said husband...ya know just regular old sin -you can find this story in 2 Samuel 11). The entire chapter is solemnly beautiful, but onto our verses:
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. 11 Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. 13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.
David realized that he had sinned and repented. He then asks God to change him from the inside out. But what David does after being restored starts to shine a light in my heart! He does not take his restoration for himself, but he makes God a commitment. He will take this new heart and loyal spirit to the rebels, the ones that continue to rebel against the laws of God, and will teach them so that they too will return to the Father.
You mean to tell me that there were rebels that would return to God because God first restored David?
We have been studying Peter in our #LateNightBibleStudy for the last week, and his story is similar. In Luke 22, Jesus tells Peter the following:
31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat.
32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”
This realization brought tears to my eyes (I'm a crybaby anyway) and burned in my heart. Ya'll need me. I need ya'll. There is a sister in Christ that needs you to turn back to Christ in the midst of your situation. There is a young girl that is on the verge of giving up and doesn't realize that you are the one that will strengthen her. There are people that are as rebellious against God as a toddler is to naptime, but you are the one that will teach them the ways of the Lord. If you turn away from your sin and back to the Father. Just like David and Peter. There is more than just salvation tied into your life of righteousness. There are families and daughters, children and orphans. There is an entire body that is waiting for you to get some act right (I am talking to myself)!
Let that strengthen you this week. Don't run from the weight, but embrace it. It is not weight alone that you are holding, but the love, light and glory of God that rests gently on you shoulders.
I love ya'll, I need ya'll and I look forward to hearing from you!