This morning in my prayer time, I asked the Lord to restore me to the joy of my salvation. You see, I've been struggling for a long time because I "felt" like I had been telling so many people about Him and not seeing any change or acceptance on their part of Him and His glorious salvation. I've been walking around like a downtrodden misfit in the Christian realm.
The Holy Spirit within 30 minutes was speaking to my heart telling me to just "plant the seed, Kim; it's not up to you to bring them in. ONLY God can change lives. How can people's lives be changed if you are only telling them about Him and not letting them SEE Him in you?" Oh, the relief that flooded over me as my heart and mind took that in and accepted it as truth. Truth that I personally read in my Bible.
For instance, I really, truly believe in the sanctity of life and that abortion is wrong. Not everyone feels that way. They have a right to believe that...even if they are wrong.
I believe in the sanctity of marriage as described in God's Word, between one man and one woman. Not everyone believes that. They have a right to believe it, though; even if they are wrong.
I sensed the Holy Spirit telling me that we are living in days where I just have to be courageous, stand for what I believe in, plant the seed by living a holy life, loving God, really, truly loving others and not trying to convert them, but sharing the gospel of God's love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, patience and justice with them. Show them God, and they will come.
The book of The Revelation says:
"But cowards, unbelievers, the corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshipers, and all liars—their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
That is part of what I have been thinking about...being a coward. A coward to say I believe it's wrong to abort babies; I believe it's wrong to change the way God chose to create a family...a man, a woman and their children. I don't have to make other people change their way of thinking. Only God can do that. I just have to live what I believe!
1 Cor. 3:7 (NLT) It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.
I hope that truth sets you free. It has me. Today I don't have convince anyone of God's anything. I just have to live out my faith in Him, my belief in His goodness, my belief that He is coming again and my belief in His love and His many great and precious promises. Someone else will come along and water that seed and if it is God's will, He will make it grow.