Several women appeared in court, each accusing the others of causing the trouble they were having in the apartment building where they lived. The women were arguing noisily even in the court. The judge, banging his gavel to quiet them, said, "We are going to do this in an orderly manner. I can't listen to all of you at once. I'll hear the oldest first." The case was dismissed for lack of testimony.But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.” Acts 26:16
This is my verse for the year. When our family was together at Christmas, we decided to randomly draw different scripture that would be our verses for 2017. Of course, we will continue to read our Bibles and seek the Lord through all of His Word, but we all have one verse that we will explore and trust God to use in our lives this year.
We have a mission, a purpose in our relationship with God to be ministers and witnesses of the things that God has done in our lives. It is so easy to wander away from God and His purpose for our lives as we get so busy with work, family, and even church. Too often there is a lack of testimony! We are doing the witnessing or testifying. Why? We have to live it to effectively tell about it. Most of us are living the “church-life,” but are we living the Spirit-filled life? The Spirit-filled life bears fruit. We can and must continue to be responsible with our church duties, but not at the expense of obedience.
As I shared in Sunday’s incredibly long message, (apologies), we must “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33)
He will lead us to the people or solutions for which we’re searching, if we seek Him. He will use us to reach the lost and minister to the hurting, if we seek Him. Sometimes, we just need to stop what we’re doing, seek Him and just wait for Him! Then, draw close to Him, listen and obey.