“For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” Ephesians 1:15-19
Tonight, I had the privilege of gathering together with women from our church at the monthly meeting of SHE – our women’s ministry. Our teacher for the evening, Karen, was speaking to us about ‘the power of obedience,’ as she named her talk. She spoke about how we have all been given gifts and that God has called us to use them to advance His Kingdom.We must use them with faith and obedience for the call that God has given us.
One of the most impactful things that she said was that “we need to take a step in the natural before something happens in the spiritual,” which is a rough quotation from 1 Corinthians 15:46. To illustrate this, she pointed us to the story of the Israelites crossing the Jordan. God told them that they had to get into the water before it would part before them. They had to take a step of obedience and faith before God would come through in the amazing power that only He is capable of.
She went on to tell the story of Gideon, and how God used him and 300 men with some clay pitchers and a few trumpets to defeat an entire army. God choose Gideon and called him to walk in obedience and faith. Gideon responded to this call and the Lord brought about a great victory.
It was so exciting for me to look around the room at all those ladies and to think of all the specific and unique ways that God has gifted them. It was a huge blessing to be able to listen to some of them as they shared with me their excitement over getting to use those gifts through our SHE ministry. And its even more exciting for me to think about how many more women will be able to serve through this ministry in the future as it continues to expand. I still am not sure the role that God has for me as a leader within this ministry, but I am excited about where he has brought us this far. I pray that God would continue to open our eyes more to where we can be taking ‘steps in the natural’ that we might see Him so amazing things in the spiritual!
What about you? Are there some gifts that God has been revealing to you that you have been afraid to use or offer to others? What is the natural step you need to take?
Something good to think about.