This morning I woke up and left my bed well before the sun rose. In fact, right now as I type, I am sitting in the cover of darkness. There is something special about time spent with Jesus when my family is still in bed. When the sun is lighting up another part of the world and we are in the watches of night. His Presence is sometimes easier to feel when there are no other distractions.
I have been considering the “weight of His glory” as I sit here alone. Oh, how I long to be so steeped in God’s presence that others are drawn to Him simply by being around me. I long for all my life to point to Jesus. For everything I do to bring glory to God. When I read in the Bible about the apostles in Acts, I am always humbled as I discover the power and grace in which they walked. I long to be so in tune with God’s voice that there is absolutely no fear in me. The apostles only answer appeared to be “Yes”. They had walked side by side with Jesus, yet it wasn’t until His death and resurrection that they truly discovered Who they had been with. I mean, they knew, but they didn’t know….all at the same time. And after His death they huddled together in a room, afraid until Jesus Himself came to meet with them. It wasn’t until the Holy Spirit was released that they finally found the boldness and courage to do all the wonderful things we now have the privilege to read about in Acts.
Acts is one of my favorite books of the Bible because it shows me what is possible, if I walk in full surrender. There is no reason I can’t follow in Jesus’ footsteps to do the “greater things” He Himself said I would do. I only need to be a surrendered vessel, unafraid of criticism or rejection and full of the Holy Spirit.
One morning during my run, I was worshiping and suddenly I saw myself and every time my feet hit the pavement the footprint I made was gigantic and clearly not my own. Then I heard “Christ in you the hope of glory” and “Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world”
Then God told me that every step I take in Him will have a much larger impact when I am allowing Him to move in/through me.
Friend, lean into Him and just do whatever He says…. that is when we will change the world!
It all starts with one footstep….
I challenge you to press into God this morning and throughout this day. I encourage you to heed that still small voice. Is He asking you to do something specific? Is He making you aware of someone you are around? Is He nudging you to reach out? What might happen if you follow His lead? I hope that today you will see! I hope that today you will make a decision to be used by Him.
God, may our ripples become huge waves that release a powerful move of Your Spirit. I long to be useful to You, Lord. Show me what it is that I am created to do for You. What is the purpose for which You crafted my life? Give me courage to walk out that purpose so that Your name will be increasingly glorified on this earth. I long to bring You glory. Use me Lord. I am Yours. In Jesus name, Amen.
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:12-14
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. I John 4:4-6
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27