Last weekend, Perrysburg Campus Pastor Josh Whitlow and NFL player Sam Acho discussed gentleness—a fruit of the Holy Spirit—as something the world needs now. One of the ways God produces this fruit is through us. If God is producing gentleness in us, it should show up in every place that we show up.
As I reflect on places I show up, I’m burdened to acknowledge my workplace as a place where gentleness has, at times, not shown up with me. Working in the automotive industry, there’s definitely a stigma of foulness at times. You may have heard of “shop talk.” Recently, I’ve found myself on the receiving end of music, words, and gestures that I have turned a blind eye and deaf ear to.
Feeling called to begin my employment there, I was now questioning a few things. In the midst of the questioning, some bitter tastes began to set in. Having previously worked in a higher level position, I got a bit snippy a few times, feeling like I was being underestimated. In reality, it was heart-hardening pride.
I was looking externally. I was looking for fulfillment from my job, from a title, a position even. That only brought with it more questions, uncertainty, and the fear that comes with it. It finally occurred to me that this confusion was a direct result of not relying on who I am.
I am a follower of Jesus. A beloved child of God.
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
God is calling us to heart change. He gives us a spirit of gentleness, and when I allowed that gentleness to shine through, I began to see God working in the lives of my coworkers. I finally took the time to understand and lean into what God had planned for me right where I’m at.
1 Peter 3:4
You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
A few days ago, my supervisor and I were talking about Jesus and the Bible and how he had drifted away from his faith. Through our conversations, he has expressed interest in coming to a CedarCreek service! I believe God used my gentleness to open up these conversations. Praise God!
Where are you showing up? Are you bringing gentleness with you, or has your heart grown hard toward someone or something?
Ask God to soften your heart. Ask him to open you up to his will and show you where you can lean in to him more.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your loving faithfulness. You guide me to grow my gentleness because you have been gentle with me. You are always good. Help me to lean in to your will for me. Show me where I should be still and wait for your wonderful guidance. Open my heart, Father, that I may show gentleness to those around me and reflect the light of Jesus into their lives. In Jesus’ name, amen!
This post was written by TJ McCroskey, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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