I wonder if she realized her question was a God-sighting too.
Her question reminded me of Nicodemus’ question in Acts 16: Sirs, what do I have to do to be saved, to really live?”
The answer followed: “Put your entire trust in the Master Jesus. Then you’ll live as you were meant to live.” The answer effectively says be/abide with Jesus…becoming entirely dependent on Him.
The most awesome part of these experiences is when people don’t ask my name, or aren’t likely to remember (or care) what I looked like or if I had a bad hair day, but do recognize that Jesus was there – for both of us. For whether I am on the delivering or receiving end, both of us are always celebrating the unexplainable details that only God could have engineered.
Whether beginning a relationship with God (as opposed to practicing a religion) or living out the life In-Christ, the standard is always the mind of Christ – not my giant rubber-band ball of emotions bouncing off the walls of life’s circumstances or fears.
Titus 3:8 says, “I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God may be careful to engage in good deeds.”
When I took apart that verse I noticed 3 words:
Want – have necessity (explaining the first phrase to understand there is a NEED for us to speak confidently to those new In-Christ so they will long to experience similar fulfillment
Careful – to interest oneself in (with concern or obedience)– with care or understanding.
Engage – to step out, to begin- to bring or announce as a messenger
Now I read the verse to say: It is necessary that you speak confidently, encouraging believers to desire to act with care and understanding – as God’s messenger.
God’s messenger! I love being God’s delivery girl, and I so appreciate that I do not deliver my own message or wisdom, or that I’m not supposed to be a miracle-worker. I am grateful that God has created us in Christ to begin the work that he prepared for us. (Eph 2:10)
All we need to do is to walk (embark: step out, involve or invest myself) in the work. Our confidence is that we are speaking God’s words and He is the one who can cause the work to bear fruit.
It’s amazingly OK to be imperfect, and it is actually a hoped-for qualification!
If my only goal is to share or show myself, I will have little confidence, because I know I will be sharing a flawed and empty vessel. But I have all confidence speaking the Word of God, whether the message I deliver is accepted or ridiculed, it will have eternal results as well the immediate result of God getting the glory.
The book of Acts tells us how the people “observed the confidence of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were marveling, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.”
I’m not always confident about my knowledge, my appearance, or how the delivery will work out, but I am always excited, knowing that because I am
Speak confidently when sharing What God Has Done!