Shining for Jesus in These Changing Times
Updated: Oct 18
By: Pastor Natalie Young
Times have changed. You ever think about how we are shining for Jesus, or consider the ways you, personally, are impacting those around you during these changing times? As women, let’s be purposeful in our faith, bringing hope in our homes, at our workplaces and wherever we go. Let’s remain strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10).
Reflection is an important part of our lives. As we look over where we are and how we respond on a daily basis it’s really important to be honest about it. Too often we can be guilty of making excuses for our lack of faith and even blame others for our own faults. As believers, this can impact our walk with God greatly. We must keep in mind that will constantly be bombarded with all kinds of thoughts, insecurities and inabilities. It’s our daily decision and of utmost importance to keep the Lord always before us (Psalm 16:8).
We must be real about the fact that we don’t always hit the mark. We miss it sometimes. God has great patience and mercy on us. These are the times when in prayer you sincerely talk with God and ask for His forgiveness, grace, strength, wisdom, guidance in the way you should go. He is such an incredibly loving Father that He receives us and forgives us.
How do we shine in the mist of all these things? We have had to adjust to so much in this time due to this virus. Now is the best time to consider how you can walk in greater impacts to reflect Jesus at home, at work and wherever you go. You see, we shine in the way we live louder than in the words we speak. God is not expecting perfection. He wants our availability and obedience on a daily, even moment by moment basis.
At home, you can make the most of this time you have been given with family. For many, this has been very stressful but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). The challenge is to keep your faith strong and your heart fixed on Jesus. Rather than looking at the storm, keep looking to Jesus. You may feel extra strained and drained but this is the time to push through. Perhaps this time of stretching is to bring us closer to God and to each other.
At work, first make the choice to give God sincere thanks that you still have an income. Remember, God supplies and provides/meets all our needs (Philippians 4:19). Social distancing, constant washing hands and wearing masks can be trying but this necessary mandate has become an adjustment at this time. For the safety of those at work and most importantly for those at home. Demonstrate your love for God outwardly as you now go about your days amidst all these new ways we currently live in. No mask or distance should hinder walking in God’s love sincerely. Continue to do all that you do for the glory of God, keeping in mind you are representing Him (Colossians 3:17).
I encourage you to make sure you spend time with God daily in prayer and reading the Bible. Stay connected to Him, just as you need your charger for your cell phone to stay charged fully. Make Him your priority as you wake up, throughout the day and before you go to bed. You are a leaving testimony to all those around you first at home and then to everyone else. Keep shining for Jesus.
About Pastor Natalie Young:
Pastor Natalie has been in ministry for over 20 years with the love of her life, her husband, Pastor Chris. In 2010, God lead Pastor Natalie and her husband to start their own ministry, Resplendency. Pastor Natalie loves getting to encourage people to walk in their God given destiny. In addition, she started her blog, letstakeamoment.com about three years ago to continue to write about Biblical encouragement and how to walk out your Christian faith in everyday life. Pastor Natalie in not just a Pastor of Resplendency but also she has a podcast (Resplendency Life) and an online web show via YouTube (Be Resplendent).
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