Sadly, the ones closest to you are often the ones who cannot see through who you WERE in sin to see who you ARE in Christ. They know you too well. They know your history. Quite honestly, sometimes it is hard for them to believe that God redeems and restores lives in miraculous ways.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Be Patient...God's not finished with me yet
Do the people closest to you truly see God transforming your life?
Softening your heart? Changing your speech? Changing your countenance?
If your answer is no, there is a little phrase you need to remember...."Please be patient, God isn't finished with me yet" Let God keep working on you. If those closest to you express doubts, ask them to be patient...and watch God work.
Some of you said no because you know good and well that you have been building your house on the sand rather than on the Solid Rock of God's word. You have been playing Church....going on Sunday, looking nice, singing songs...but nothing in your heart has changed. You know it, and those closest to you know it. It is my honest prayer that if you discover that you have become a "church lady", that you will rush into the arms of Jesus and let Him radically change your life.
Some of you said “no” because, despite your honest desire to seek God with all your heart, those closest to you are the ones making you question God’s ability to “change” you. Can we talk? I know how much it hurts to have someone you love throw your past in your face. It hurts so bad to have someone you love doubt God's hand in your life. It's not fair. But the people you love are just people. Be patient with them. Let God reveal himself to them through YOU. Pray for them. Pray that God will show them what He is doing in your life. Don't put a time limit on God. He took all the time He needed in getting your attention...allow Him to do the same with your loved ones.
Maybe it took you a while to figure out that the road you were on was the wrong road. Maybe you made really bad choices and maybe those choices hurt other people...people that loved you, people that counted on you. Maybe you let them down. Unfortunately, the longer a person is on the wrong road, the more deeply the people in your life are hurt. And, if you have been on the wrong road for a long time, then those around you are afraid to get their hopes up…because they are afraid of being disappointed or hurt again. So, if you are absolutely sure that God has changed your heart, then be patient with the people in your life. Don't be angry if they don't seem to want to believe that you have changed. Be patient with them...just like Jesus was patient with you.
When Jesus enters your life and changes your heart, you need not be FOCUSED on proving your changed heart to the people in your life. You and God have a secret. The Creator of Heaven and Earth has drawn you to himself, pulled you up in his lap, wrapped His arms around you, and whispered into your hair, “You are my precious child and You are free to live in victory”.
Claim that promise.
Live all out for Him.
Pray for the ones who are afraid to believe that you have changed.
Allow Him to continue to change your heart and when you least expect it, they will see.
Be patient....God is not finished with them yet either.