But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth. (NKJV)
Are you the nail?
Do you take for granted your contribution to the war against the enemy? Every kind word you speak, every sacrifice you make, is important.
“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.” (For Want of a Nail, Benjamin Franklin)
Don’t down play your importance in the kingdom and the difference you make.
- You make a difference because you are in the world and the world needs to know what to believe. You preach the gospel with your life.
Romans 10:14 But how can people call on him for help if they’ve not yet believed? And how can they believe in one they’ve not yet heard of? And how can they hear the message of life if there is no one there to proclaim it? (The Passion Translation TPT)
- You make a difference because you are making disciples of those who watch what you do and why you do it.
Matthew 28:19a Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples. (Good News Translation GNT)
- You make a difference because people look at you to know who God is, who Jesus is, what God wants etc., and they find Him.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
- You make a difference because you worship Christ as Lord of your life and you are always ready to explain if someone asks about your hope as a believer.
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy—acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect. (Amplified Bible AMP)
- You make a difference because you represent God by working to reconciling people to Him.
2 Corinthians 5:20 We are ambassadors of the Anointed One who carry the message of Christ to the world, as though God were tenderly pleading with them directly through our lips. So we tenderly plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Turn back to God and be reconciled to him.” (The Passion Translation TPT)
It is typical for you to think that it is only those in Christian leadership preach the word of God. Most people do. However, you are a critical component in God’s desire for all to be saved.
1 Timothy 2:4 It is God, who wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC, edited)
Please know, you and all you do; your successes and what you think are your failures are important in the kingdom.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father God, thank You for touching my heart. Thank You for letting me know any work You call me to do is important. I repent for minimizing or even dismissing my assignment. Comparison is a trap of the enemy. It is a very effective tool that he has used against me more than once. I am so sorry he has also got what he wanted more than once. I repent for comparing what You called me to do with what someone else was doing and how they were doing it. I don’t want to miss the opportunity to serve You. Whether the service is for a small matter or a large one; I want to take advantage of every opportunity to be used by You. It is not about all the lives I might touch. It’s about that one life. I often think about Billy Graham. I don’t know the name of the person who witnessed to him. He may not have realized, at the time, the magnitude of the impact he was making on the Kingdom. He was changing the life of someone who would change the lives of thousands upon thousands of people. What if he had decided it doesn’t matter if he shared the gospel or not? Thank You Father, every assignment matters…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.