By: Jenni Walker
“I will make you as a light for the nations, that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6b
“Hers was a life sustained through Christ’s love, a love she demonstrated to all who knew her.” (Said of Sabina Wurmbrand, wife of Richard Wurmbrand and co-founder of Voice of the Martyrs.)
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People in this world are perishing every day without believing in Jesus and knowing His love (John 3:16-18)! The purpose of this post is to provide concrete, actionable ways in which we, as followers of Jesus, can live daily with an eternal perspective as we reach others with the life-changing light, love, and truth of the gospel. As we consider the following insights and ideas together, I pray that the Holy Spirit will stir each of our hearts toward action as wholehearted women of God who are compelled by Christ to live on-mission for our Lord and His purposes.
1. COMPELLED in Daily Encounters
A. Take a step: Like the examples of my parents, it is important to just take a step. Ask God to help you become more spiritually-minded in your daily encounters with others. Whether it is at the grocery store, a coffee shop, interactions with a waitress or a neighbor, those are all opportunities to show the love of Jesus to others. Be bold, and seek the help of the Holy Spirit in these daily encounters. Before Jesus ascended into heaven after His resurrection, He said to His disciples, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witness to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) Whether in word or deed, be a witness for Jesus in all that you do!
B. Walk it out: What we say, what we don’t say, how we work, our conduct, the kind of attitude we have toward those around us, all of these and more are ways in which we can let our light shine! Ladies, we are called to live differently. Colossians 3:1-3 reminds us, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on this earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Our lives are not our own anymore! Let’s set our minds on things above and be witnesses through the work of Christ in us and through the help of the Holy Spirit!
Both my husband and I have experienced recently how impactful our witness (Luke 24:48) can be to others in daily interactions. Both of us really enjoy community theater and each were both performing in local productions simultaneously last fall. In my experience, just developing relationships with people is a powerful platform to put the gospel on display for those in need of Christ! Philippians 2:14-15 tells us that when we “do all things without complaining or arguing,” that we “become blameless and pure children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” Showing kindness to others, loving them with the love of Christ, being patient when the natural thing to do would be to be frustrated or impatient, not complaining, and just caring about them as people made in God’s image are all ways that people see Christ in us! Never underestimate the power of your witness to others! People will see that you are different, and even though they may not understand why, it is attractive to them. And having an authentic relationship with them also opens doors to pray in specific ways for them or even to tell them about the gospel!
Similarly, Bryan looks to walk out the Great Commission in simple yet powerful ways through community theater. Whenever he learns that a fellow thespian is a Christian, too, he will engage them in conversation to learn more about their faith and to encourage them. (He is often encouraged by them, too!) He also looks for ways to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit to help those who are hurting or are in need. He recently felt God put it on his heart to pray for one of the actors who was going through a family loss. He felt a little out of his comfort zone telling the man he would be praying for him since they had only just met, but he knew he had to be obedient to the leading of the Lord. He chose to walk it out and to make an impact on the life of a man in need of the love of Christ!
C. Practice helps: Thirdly, as we seek to obey the Great Commission in our daily encounters with others, remember that practice helps. Just like Bryan’s example of praying for someone he had just recently met, we must be willing to get out of our comfort zones. Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted.” Do not fear what others may think. Seek the Lord’s help in this area. He will help you to become more spiritually-minded in your daily encounters and to become more aware, more bold, more intentional, more excited about reaching others for Him as you are “being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God”! (Philippians 1:11)
2. COMPELLED to take Action
There are SO many wonderful organizations and opportunities to get involved with, both in our local communities as well as internationally. The link below will lead you to a page with a list of actionable ways to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15) These are also great for kids, church small groups, etc.! This is by no means a comprehensive list, but we hope that it will inspire you to proactively get involved in God’s Great Commission by starting somewhere! Let’s be intentional about bearing fruit for His kingdom!
TAKE ACTION…GET INVOLVED! http://wp.me/P8h8cl-3l
3. COMPELLED by Christ Himself
I was recently introduced to the book Hearts of Fire, focusing on the stories of “eight women in the underground church and their stories of costly faith.” Suspicion and hostility by family and community. Antagonized and interrogated by government officials. Jarring travels over remote roads and across country borders. These and more are regular parts of serving Christ in many parts of the world. In the chapter about Sabina Wurmbrand, wife of Voice of the Martyrs founder, she is described in the following way: “Hers was a life sustained through Christ’s love, a love she demonstrated to all who knew her.”
Do you know what compels women such as Sabina (and over 260 million of other Christians like them!) to continue in the face of such opposition? Christ Himself. A real, transformative relationship with Jesus awash in His saving, intimate, and mighty love must be the true foundation of our obedience to “make disciples of all nations” (Psalm 93:4; Matthew 28:19). We don’t begin with this command. We must begin with Christ who gave this command! Our Lord Himself is the One we respond to. It is because of Him that we embrace where He has called us…follow where He leads us…and always keep our eyes fixed on HIM.
From there, we cannot help but respond to our Lord’s invitation to be a part of “the ministry of reconciliation.” Paul describes it in 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 in this way: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
When we truly begin to understand these holy truths, we are brought to a place of decision. Let us look to Christ in all things! May His love compel each one of us to respond wholeheartedly to His invitation to join God’s work in “reconciling the world to Himself in Christ.”
Time to Reflect
1. Take some time to reflect honestly about today’s devotion topic. What is the Holy Spirit ministering to your heart?
2. Revisit today’s Scripture passages. What do these verses teach us about Jesus? How do they change things? (i.e. The way that we live? What we live for? Our experience of God?)
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This devotion contains excerpts from The Wholehearted Woman: Who She is and Why She Matters by Beth Doohan & Jenni Walker.
To learn more about Sabina Wurmbrand and other women who have counted the cost in following Christ and living out His ministry of reconciliation, request a complimentary copy of Hearts of Fire here: https://www.persecution.com/heartsoffire/?_source_code=WB86K20