Isaiah 53 The Message (MSG)
53 Who believes what we’ve heard and seen?
Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this?
(I would encourage you to read all of Isaiah 53)
Ever notice how things with God can sometimes be backwards? He gave death to bring life. He sent His only Son Jesus to die so that we may live. There are times when I just don’t understand the whole deal, yet I am ever grateful for this opportunity of life. I am thankful for the life I have been given so that in turn I can give life to the death in other’s lives. From the moment I knew that I was to be a writer for Jesus, my one desire is to mend the hearts of the broken. As I myself have healed from many hurts and wounds I want others to be made whole in His presence. His grace is what pulled me out and it is by that same grace I write.
We were given life so that we can bring the revelation of life to others. Today my husband and I visited a regular customer of mine who had recently been hospitalized. Her and her husband have been in my drive thru every morning for the past two years and I felt compelled to visit her. I brought her both copies of my books and we sat and chatted for awhile. Then we prayed over her. She was ever so touched by the mere fact that we stopped to see her. This is the impact God wants us to make on the world. I can’t tell you what compelled me to visit this person I knew nothing about, yet I know it brought some life to her day.
It’s always the little things that matter the most when it comes to showing love to someone. Take for instance when my hubby picks one single flower and places it in my hair it is much more special than a dozen roses. When someone just simply smiles randomly as you pass by it is way more appealing than just rushing right on by. When someone stops to pick up something you dropped when they could have just walked away means more than them just ignoring it. Do see what I am trying to say? It is the little things which matter the most and those are the things I like to partake in.
So where am I going with this when Jesus dying on a cross was such a huge act of love? Because with one death, the world gained life and for those who choose Life in Christ, they will see so much more come to pass in their lives than the ones who deny His very existence. In death we find life. In darkness we have found Light. When we find death in our situations we get the option of shinning the Light of Jesus on it and moving forward. We have the opportunity then to speak life into other’s darkness. This is who I was designed to be through my writing. I am able to shine a light where maybe only darkness brooded.
Can you be a Light to those around you? What can you do to share Life? Are you willing to allow Jesus to enter into your very own darkness? Are you ready to let Him shine through you so that others can see just how much life they can have? Everyday I strive to shine, some days it is not easy, yet it is by His grace I am able. With His grace I can smile. With His grace I can stop and help someone. With His grace I can be a Light in such a darkened world. If what I write changes one mindset today, God will have used me. The key to all of it is…are you willing to be used? Are you willing to let God bring life to your death? Are you willing to be changed so God can use you to change others? It’s tough at first I know but what joy comes when you see someone surface from darkness. Are you somebody’s only Light to Life?