Hey everyone, hope you had a great Fourth of July! I apologize for not posting anything the past month or so (can’t honestly remember the last time I did) but when I post something, I always want it to be intentional so random posts are not my thing. I like taking the time to think about what I’m going to say before I blog because our words have power. So that being said, I want to share with you what God has revealed to me in the past couple months.
I’ve always felt like a Lone Ranger, doing my thing behind the scenes because I don’t “fit” in the scene but then again, I’m not the hero cloaked in black parading in on a white horse to save the day. That’s okay because I know I was never meant to be the hero, but I was also never meant to be a Lone Ranger.
This past weekend my two sisters and I went on a missions trip to a Middle Eastern Baptist Conference at Vanguard University where we served as leaders for the junior high through college group. Though the entire group was hit with some major spiritual warfare the moment we had arrived, God was working in each of our hearts, and I mean the heart of every leader there as well. Me, always feeling like a Lone Ranger, was broken by the amazing love displayed by the leaders I had served with. I’m talking ages 14 and up who were always ready and willing to do whatever was asked of them. This group’s genuine love for Christ was used by God to show me that I can’t do this life alone. We truly need each other, especially when we are being attacked. I’ve heard this verse over and over throughout my life: Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” but have never really grasped the importance of it until this past weekend. The power of encouragement from those around us is vital to our spiritual growth.
Every thing that has life within itself grows. People, animals, plants, bacteria. Growth is the sure-fire proof there is life within. So if you are alive in Christ, spiritual growth should be our evidence of that. Like iron sharpens iron, we are to be there for one another to help each other grow in our relationship with Christ. I’ve always known church is important for the believer to grow but so is discipleship. Coming along someone and taking the time to pour your heart, God’s word, and wisdom into them. Even the Lone Ranger wasn’t truly on his own. He had someone to be there for him. We all need each other, we all need to grow in Christ daily, discipleship should be something a believer is pursuing as he pursues Christ.
It’s so easy for us to default to relying on ourselves and guys lets be honest, a lot of it is due to rejection by others. When we face so much of it, we put on a thick skin every time we step out into the world, allow ourselves to get swallowed up by self-reliance as we try to blend into the background. The danger to this is that we could pull ourselves out of an opportunity to be used by God to bless someone else’s life. The effect of continual rejection can slowly kill our desire to encourage others and we may never know how desperately someone might need a word of encouragement, or how desperate we might need one too.
So take the time to think and see who comes to mind who you could be a blessing to. Who you could come alongside, or come alongside you, and help each other grow to be more like Christ.
If you haven’t checked out our demo CD on Spotify yet, I hope you will take the time to do so, and even more so, be encouraged by them.
Be bold and shine.