Gifts and Friendships

I received some wonderful things this past weekend. The gift of speaking into the lives of women is one of my favorite gifts ever. I also got a lovely gift basket/tool box of goodies. Also, there was the gift of praying with a few gals and what a blessing it is to go to the throne room with a sister to entreat God’s mercy and grace for them and with them.

But I also got a billfold! I know, I didn’t expect that. But I was so excited, because it’s red and red is one of my favorite colors. And it was from one of my dearest “old” friends. She told me too that she was so proud of me. Blessed my heart because we’ve been Bible study friends and prayer friends for many, many years. I told her that she was one of the reasons I am who I am. She’s part of God’s growth and learning in my life. She was blessed. She’s just one of several women in the group I was with who have nurtured God’s call on my life through the years.

We need Jesus. Without Him, the song lyrics tell it truly “I surely would fail”. He gives us friendships in faith. Paul had friends. Peter had friends. Mary had a wonderful friendship with Elizabeth. Jesus had friends – those men and women who stayed the course with Him all the way to the end.

Oh beloved, God has given you an unlimited supply of all you will ever need for life and godliness. Even when you feel alone, you are surrounded by opportunities to make friends, influence people and live for Jesus. You have a great call on your life. No matter who you are God has placed something within you, a seed of worth, that only you can grow into and fulfill. The family of God needs you. And you need them.

Just as a beautiful billfold isn’t meant to be left unfilled, you aren’t meant to be unfilled. Your life is so precious to God that His filling with Holy Spirit is all part of His plan for you. Abiding in Him is another plan. Learning to lean on Him another. Doing life with other believers is part of it too. And then whatever you feel in your heart is the gift of God, pursue it, grow it, nurture it – ask Him to help you discover it and partake of it. Whatever God pours into your life doesn’t make you a cistern. Rather it makes you a fountain for the world around you. Much power is found in learning to abide and living in community. Much strength is found in filling up with Jesus and pouring Him out. Whether you are an intercessor or a speaker to thousands, it all boils down to following the Lord, letting Him show you the gifts within and starting where you are. Gifts in life can be small or large, cheap or costly. But in the Kingdom of God, EVERY GIFT is more valuable than you can imagine and no single gift is ever useless or cheap. All came to you through the greatest cost at the Cross.

God loves you and He’s for you. Run to Him this morning and talk about the gift you feel stirring within. Ask Him to give you opportunity to live your life for Him. Watch Him love you, put people in your path to nurture your calling and then see Him loose you into this calling for His glory alone. You are valuable, chosen, hand picked by the Lord to live in the Light of His Life-Giving flow.

Romans 11:29 For God’s gifts and His call can never be withdrawn.

Hebrews 10:24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

I Corinthians 1:26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.

Ephesians 4:1 As a prisoner in the Lord, then, I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling you have received

2 Thessalonians 1:11 To this end, we always pray for you, that our God will count you worthy of His calling, and that He will powerfully fulfill your every good desire and work of faith

About Rebekah Beene

In a Women’s meeting in 1983, I went up for prayer and to see if God had “anything for me”. The woman of God who was praying for people spoke over my life. She said these words: “You will write books. You can go to the bank on it. Rivers of living water will flow from your belly…”
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