A moment with Jesus can change everything. It sure did for me. For years, I carried with me a lot of abandonment issues from my childhood. After becoming a Christian, I felt like I should be able to move past these feelings, but I wasn’t. I was in Christian counseling and Celebrate Recovery, and I still felt stuck.
One day, I was practicing Holy Yoga, a Christ-centered yoga practice using the postures of traditional yoga with a biblical focus. While I was setting my intention for my practice, I asked God to take these feelings from me, yet again. As I started moving through the poses, I just kept praying. At the end of the class, as I was laying there, I felt Jesus telling me that he had been with me throughout all of the times that I had felt alone. He told me that my dad gave me all that he had to give and that I couldn’t expect any more from him than what he had. I was laying there just weeping, and I felt such a sense of peace and relief!
After that, I started thinking about all of the women who struggle with these same issues. I wanted to share with them the same things that Jesus shared with me! I decided to get involved with the leadership team of Celebrate Recovery (CR). When I moved to Ohio, I continued to be involved with Life Support and then CR as well. I also got involved in a Women’s Leadership Ministry called SheLeads, where the first part of the year is spent in finding out who we are as children of God and how to find our worth in him alone.
Who knew that God would use my pain to help other women overcome theirs? Without that encounter with Jesus, I don’t know how long I would have dragged around the issues that had already dictated the majority of my life. But what that encounter did for me is help me realize that there is nothing that cannot be overcome when we let go and let God. When we realize that Jesus is always with us, that he notices us and cares about our pain, and that he prays for us and wants us to be healed, it makes it easy for us to be disciples and minister to others as he ministers to us.
As Lead Pastor Ben Snyder pointed out this past weekend, a moment with Jesus can change everything. This week in LivingItOut, we are going to be unpacking the passage from Matthew 9, paying close attention to what Jesus does and says to his disciples.
35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”
My story is not unusual, but it is special. It made me want to tell the world about Christ and what he has done for me. This is what we are called to do. We are the workers and the harvest in this passage. When God touches our lives and we give ourselves to him, we become part of the harvest. We are also the workers, in that we become his ministers telling the world the good news about Jesus.
Have you thought about yourself as one of God’s ministers? How could thinking of yourself in this way change your day to day life?
Thinking of yourself as God’s minister, find a new way to tell the world about Christ. This could be as simple as sharing your story with someone new, starting a Group, or maybe volunteering somewhere.
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending us your Son. Thank you for always being with me no matter how far or near I am to you. Help me to be your minister, bringing your light to all I meet. Amen
This post was written by Kelda Strasbourg. Kelda is a grateful member of the LivingItOut writing team. She has a love for Jesus and desire to help others find that same love. She has her own business and a border collie named Emily.
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