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vulnerability // part four
“Your relationship with God should be personal, never mistake that for being private.” – unknown
We can learn two things from the above quote. The first is that God craves a personal relationship with you. He knit you together in your mothers womb! He made you to be you, and he is deeply in love with you. Relationships require time, love, patience, care and sharing even the most intimate of thoughts. You have to allow yourself to be vulnerable, open up and put the work in. Secondly, God wants you to be vulnerable enough to share that hard work! He wants you to talk about your struggles and triumphs with people. He wants you to fellowship and build relationships with others. Relationships that require time, love, patience, care and sharing even the most intimate of thoughts! The things God does in your life do not live to their full potential if they are kept quiet. Can you imagine if Mary (Jesus’ Mom) and Mary Magdalene didn’t share that Jesus had risen?
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” – Matthew 28:8-10
Mary and Mary Magdalene’s fears were present, but their joy – the joy of Christ – overcame those fears. God asks us to surrender our fears and be overwhelmed with His pure love and ultimate joy. Our God is not a quiet God, and as women of God neither should we be! Allow Him to speak through you. Nothing God does is mundane, don’t disrespect your creator and think that your testimony isn’t powerful, that is a lie straight from Satan. You have a powerful testimony, a beautiful story and you have the God who will give you courage enough to speak those words. We are called to speak and do so in faith and with wisdom! Words mean things and are precious.
“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” – Proverbs 31:26
Last Sunday my Pastor shared some thoughts on a popular quote, and I was so pleased with what he had to say.
“Preach the gospel to everyone, and if necessary use words.”
He recognized the deep value in this quote and then said that while our character has such influence on how we show God’s love, it is our words that people hear. While God is a mighty and infinite God, I don’t think it likely that a complete stranger will see you in the grocery store buying milk and eggs and think to themselves, “Wow, that stranger has such joy! I should repent the sin in my life, ask for forgiveness and accept Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for me so I can live forever with Him in heaven!” NO! Don’t you see? You have to have a real life conversation with someone.
The sad truth is that sometimes you really are the only bible people have ever read. This week I challenge you to share; to share your love of Christ in words and in deeds, to open up and tell someone your testimony, to allow yourself to be vulnerable for the sake of your creator.