This weekend I was stretched.
This weekend I was shaped.
This weekend I was transformed (Again!)
As you may or may not know, I have been diligently building my coaching business, including taking professional photos and getting business cards. I also took the next step in my marketing approach by attending a semi-local Womens conference this past weekend. I was able to meet some wonderful God-fearing women and receive blessings and encouraging words from leaders of the church. I gave the brief story on my facebook page, and I know I mentioned sharing more details of my experience in this blog post with you.
But I’ve decided not to share the intimate details of the conference. I know my time there was orchestrated by God, and I don’t feel the need to share something so special that happened with my heavenly father
This has never happened to me before! I’ve always been one to call family and friends and spill juicy details of my personal experiences with God.
This time it’s different. This time I don’t need other people to confirm that God was working. This time I don’t need external affirmation that I am on the right track.
This time I shared something precious with Him, and He moved within my spirit, reflecting the special bond I share with Him. Yes, I could talk about the experience in detail, but that takes away from the intimacy I had with Jesus.
We don’t need to show God by sharing stories of our intimate experiences with him, but rather show god by reflecting Christ in our everyday lives.
This is Part 3 of the transformation process, SHOW GOD.
Once we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, we are not satisfied living our former life. Instead, the spirit of love inside of us compels us to pour that love on others.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will be do even greater things than these, because I am going to the father.” John 14:12
Excuse me, what? If I believe in the works of Jesus I will do even greater things than him? That’s something to think about. Doing greater things with the Spirit within us.
Wow. And again a few lines down we see, “Jesus replied, ” Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
Because we love him, we obey his teachings. And as a result the Holy Spirit made our body His home. (Remember that we are not our own, we were bought for a price!) He lives in us. He take up residence. He occupies our heart.
We don’t keep his commands because we want our lives to be blessed, but instead our life dedicated to Christ is the overflow of the love of the Spirit within us.
Consider John 15:9-12
“As the father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
When your joy is complete in him that joy is shared with others. We know that we are called to be disciples and bear much fruit.
We don’t necessarily bear much fruit by sharing our special encounter with God to others. Not to say that it is a bad thing to share, but simply that our experiences are unique and carry special meaning that cannot always be shared by someone else.
For example, have you ever enthusiastically shared something that clearly illustrated God’s hand in your life, and the person on the receiving end of the story didn’t quite react the way you wanted them to, or match your enthusiasm?
It’s like telling a story that is so funny to you to someone else and the other person just not finding that story quite as funny as you do.
It’s like sharing the pet names you and your husband have for each other and the meaning behind those pet names to another person.
The thing is, those pet names are special between the two of you and no one else will be able to understand. The same goes for all of those inside jokes you and your husband share. We don’t share these things with others because it takes away from the covenant bond that we share with our husbands.
The same can be said for our relationship with Jesus. The best way to show God once we are transformed is to show His love .
John 15:17 – “This is my command: Love each other.”
We bear fruit by remaining in joy and love. We show God by remaining in joy and love.
I don’t need to share my “elevator speech” with everyone I come in contact with. I don’t need to market myself or my coaching.
I need to market the love for God and for the others that I have within me.
We need to market the love of God and the joy of the spirit within us.
I witnessed joy displayed in a “childlike spirit” from one of the speakers at the conference this weekend.
The fleshly side of me says, “An older woman should not be prancing and dancing around and acting like a giddy schoolgirl.”
While the spirit side of me says, “I want that. I want that demonstrative admiration for God. I want that outward display of extravagant love.”
The love and joy of Christ oozed from her pores. She exemplified God through her actions and her words.
It is true that we can show God by sharing a story with another person on how God spoke to us or moved in our lives, but we can also show God by showing love and expressing joy in the Spirit.
You see, when we show God by sharing our experience, it doesn’t allow the person to have their own special experience with God.
However, when we show God by expressing love and joy, it allows the other person to receive that and experience it firsthand.
Our salvation is a precious gift from God.
The best way to show God to others is to allow them to receive their own precious gift for Him.