I was in the mega store yesterday and began the checkout process when dozens of other people were doing the same thing. Finally I got checked out and went back to the office. I would like to say I’ll never go there again. This check out change is frustrating to say the least.
So too with life. Sometimes we just want to leave the mess, the troubles, the discouragement behind don’t we? It’s not always easy nor is it rewarding to remain.
Then last night during our fellowship time while praise and worship was going on I heard the Lord drop into my spirit “So what are you here for?”
Oh beloved, God wants to encourage you this morning. Your life is not your own. He wants you to realize that you aren’t just here for yourself. You are salt and light in the world today. You are an ambassador of the love of God to go places and be a standard bearer in the trenches of life. Whether it’s in a checkout line or on social media, your life is not just about the misquotes, mishaps and judgments. The Lord says this to all of us – we have died and our life is now hidden in Christ.
The things you are going through are not always pleasant are they? But even your momentary light afflictions are producing things in the Spirit realm you cannot know. What are you here for? To live for Jesus. No matter how many times you fold clothes, wash dishes or take out the trash. Each and every time is essential. So too your presence in the world, salt and light beloved, is essential. Your presence in your home is amazingly essential. You may not get thanks, you may be in a battle even in your home, but God says remember why you are here. Hold tight. To the circumstances? No Hold tight to God’s unchanging hand. The battles you encounter are His. The position you fight from is having done all – Stand. There is a reward coming that is far greater than the issues you face right now. God calls you blessed and appointed. It can’t get any better than that can it? You are beautifully outfitted in the Spirit to hang on, to move on and to produce glorious results by being where you are.
God loves you and He’s for you. Always. No matter what. In good times and bad. In the recliner and the check out line. You and I need to always remember as we run to the Father, we approach the Only Living God who has called us to walk in His light and live as emissaries of faith wherever we may go.
Matthew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth
Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world
Colossians 1:9-12 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.