I have been looking back over our journey and began thinking of how much God has done in our life. I look at not only how much He has changed who I am in knowing Him through the salvation experience I made many years ago, but more so how He has changed me as an individual, a wife, a friend, and even a servant for Him. In the last blog, I pointed out the importance of how Knowing Him seems to make a change on us not only inwardly, but outwardly as well. I was reminded of a the old song entitled, “He made a change”. The chorus of that song says:
“He made a change in the way that I’m walking, He made a change in the way that I’m talking. Old things passed away behold everything’s new. He may a change in the life that I’m living. I’m born again, set free, finally forgiven. If He can make a change in me, He can make a change in you.”
This past Friday was another exciting day for us as we were able to lead another lady to the Lord as well. This sweet lady passed a note to me after a church service. I stuck the note down in the side of my purse with the full intention of reading it when I arrived home. Instead, I was side-tracked by the evening and of course the day passed into evening and then on into the next day. In the next day or so, I received a message through Facebook that said that the person understood that I obviously did not want to meet with them and they completely understood. I was taken back by it because I didn’t even know who this person was sending the message to me. I suddenly remembered the note passed on to me. I ran and grabbed the note to read it and it was a begging request to meet with her to discuss not only personal issues, but the spiritual ones as well, especially in regard to salvation. My heart dropped!!! I immediately made contact with the lady to meet with her as another song came to me instantly, “Don’t put off salvation to long”.
What if I had been the cause of this one woman having never heard the truth of salvation? What if I didn’t take the time to meet with her? What if I chose instead to take the easy way out and say I was too busy? When we stepped out full time in ministry, did it mean that everything we did would come with pay in the monetary sense? No. Since we have stepped out in full time ministry, we have seen less pay obviously than if we had full-time corporate jobs. What pay we have received has been more of the reward of serving, of being available when God says let’s go, of answering His call to be ready to give an account always for our faith, and being ready to go whenever, wherever, and do whatever He asks.
I did take the time to meet with this lady. She, too, like most of us, came to me with her needs to be heard. She just wanted someone to listen. Someone to understand her thoughts and her feelings. She needed to know that just because we come full of problems or issues, does not mean that God cannot take us where we are and accept us. She needed to come to Jesus just as she was…humbled, broken, searching, and wanting to make a change. She needed to see that she could see real change in her life from the inside out. This lady, sitting in a local coffee shop on a Friday morning, came to know our Savior and Lord.
Did all of her problems immediately go away? Will they all go away in the next few days or so? No and probably will be around for a little bit. She will need discipling. She will need nurturing to continue to grow. Who will be the one to come behind me and fulfill that role? She will need accountability to help her grow, too. Will that someone be you? What are you doing as a Christian brother or sister to help hold those new believers accountable? What are you doing to help disciple someone along or to mentor them? Friends, they need you! Don’t let them be thrown out to the wolves to fin for themselves. The enemy will be seeking to show them they have too many issues and that God cannot help them. If you are believer, you have a story too. Your story may be exactly what some young new Christian needs to hear. What will you do now to help someone along? I’m counting on you, Tim is counting on you, those new believers are counting on you, and most of all…your Heavenly Father is counting on you to fulfill your role to disciple them as well. So who will be the next one you are discipling along and will you do it?
“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men (and women), who shall be able to teach others also.”
2 Timothy 2:2