Today is the Day That Everything Changes
"Make friends with nobodies; don't be the great somebody," (Romans 12:16, The Message).
Good morning! Once again, our firstborn daughter Meghan is going to share with you. From time to time, we plan to ask our kids to write an occasional devo to share something the Lord has put on their heart.
The reason for this is threefold. First—we totally believe a generational shift is happening; God is pouring out His Spirit on our 'sons and daughters' and it's refreshing to hear what the Spirit is saying through them. Second—we need to give our young people opportunities to be used, stretched, developed and matured as they are equipped for ministry. Third—the Apostle Paul modeled this approach as he paved the way by opening the door for Timothy. Listen to what he said when speaking of young Timothy, "I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your m other Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also," (2 Timothy 1:5, NIV).
Meghan has her Bachelors degree in Communications and Public Relations, serves as the Communications Director for VFC, is preparing for ministry by attending Rhema Bible Training Center and we are persuaded that sincere faith now lives in her heart. Enjoy!
About two months ago, I visited a local spa for a massage. Just yesterday, I received news that the woman who was my massage therapist was in a terrible motorcycle accident this past weekend, is in intensive care at a local hospital and in a coma.
Sobering introduction, I know.
I begin with this story because this was one woman I came into contact with just one time in my life—and yet, God knew that two months later this interaction would open a door for me to have compassion and pray for a miracle on her behalf. I thank God I met that beautiful massage therapist, and I believe like Psalm says, “I (She) shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD,” (Psalm 118:17, NKJV).
Today, wake up! Look around. Be alert to the people around you. Take time to notice those you interact with daily. Each of us has the opportunity to act like Christ would and encourage people, edify people, and speak life and health to them.
God wants to use you to fulfill His heart on this earth. Every person you walk by—every waiter, co-worker, barista, cashier at the grocery store—God is in love with them. Are you?
Let me ask you, when is the last time you cried over people who are hurt, mistreated and abused? Got on your face and literally cried because there are people going through hell on earth, and going to eternal hell because they never knew the love of God like you did? Do you see people—really see them? Or do you treat people as common, as you ‘take care of business’ and do your own thing?
Category 1: Strength Is For Service, Not Status.
Maybe you’re strong, confident in the Father’s love for you. But maybe you’ve grown complacent in caring for people. Repent and get God’s heart for people. Get alone with God and cry out to Him for compassion—to see people the way He sees them. Remember this today:
“Make friends with nobodies; don't be the great somebody,” (Romans 12:16, The Message). In the New Century Version this verse reads, “Do not be proud, but make friends with those who seem unimportant.”
“When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd,” (Matthew 9:36, NIV).
“Strength is for service, not status,” (Romans 15:1-2, The Message).
Category 2: He Stands With Those Who Have No Standing.
Today, you might be needing encouragement—waiting for someone to actually notice you and care. Well let this be the day that everything changes. God is for you and sees exactly where you are at in life. I love what Proverbs says, “…He stands with those who have no standing,” (Proverbs 15:25, The Message). It says that He actually counts every tear that we cry, “You've kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights. Each tear entered in Your ledger, each ache written in Your book,” (Psalm 56:8, The Message). And a verse that has encouraged me many times, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed,” (Psalm 34:18, NCV).
So, don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Don’t quit. Stick with God. He loves you more than you’ll ever know. Even if everyone else in your life gave up on you, walked out on you, quit on you—He will NEVER leave you. Today's devo is no accident—God wants you to know He cares and that you can trust Him.
Let’s make someone's day. God is counting on us to be His hands, feet and voice in this world. Don’t let fear of people, intimidation or selfishness keep you from telling people in your life how appreciative you are of them—whether or not you know them personally. It might be as simple as a smile or as personal as a handwritten note. God has a word for them, and you have the Holy Spirit on the inside of you to help you say and do exactly what needs to be said and done. Today is the day that everything changes.
Say It: “Father, I thank You today for Your compassion to flood my heart. Help me to see people the way You see them. Give me Your eyes. Thank You Holy Spirit that You direct my steps today. I will be obedient to say and do what You would have me to, and show the love of God to people. God, I thank You that You see me! You see everything I’m going through and You work ALL things together for the good of those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. Today is the day that everything changes. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
Written by Meghan Jones