The World Has Yet To See..

Today is Guest Posting Day at Blogathon. I have the privilege of swapping with Jen from Ponderings of an Elect Exile. I’ve gotten to know her and see her passion and love for Jesus on her blog as well as another online group, and she is an absolute DELIGHT! I was very blessed and challenged by her post today and I KNOW you will be too! Please share it on Facebook and Twitter and leave a comment welcoming her. You will want to go and check out her blog for yourself!

If you want to go over to her blog and read my post, you can find it here.

D.L.Moody quote The World Has Yet To See

 “You just never know who you are impacting and how. You just keep smiling and being kind and loving and doing what you know God wants you to do, and He will use you.”

I had walked up in the middle of a conversation between my 11-year-old daughter and a dear 70-something-year-old friend. It’s one of those relationships that I treasure for my children as much as they treasure them themselves, partly because of conversations like this one.

I look back on similar conversations with dear older friends in my younger years…conversations I doubt they remembered for weeks, much less the years I’ve carried them in my mind and heart, and I realize that our dear friend’s words are true: “You never know who you are impacting and how.

That seems to be a theme running through God’s lessons for me recently: “You never know who you are impacting and how.”

He’s shown that very clearly through two other recent encounters. The first was an unlikely conversation with a young man at a convenience store. He didn’t look like someone well-versed in the Bible, but he shared a reminder I definitely needed to hear that day about God’s sovereignty in every tiny moment of our lives.

The second was an unplanned visit with another dear older friend. We jumped into some rather deep discussion in the few minutes we spent together, and she kept saying, “You just have no idea how much I needed this talk.” What she didn’t realize was that I needed it as much as she did, and that our conversation would change the direction of my entire week and then some!

Keep Doing What You Know God Wants You to Do.

The second part of my daughter’s conversation with our sweet friend has also been a recurring theme recently: “Keep doing what you know God wants you to do.” (Or perhaps, “start doing what you know God wants you to do!”)

She continued, “We already know some of what God wants us to do. We know He wants us to be kind, to be loving, to obey. We need to do what we know He wants us to do, and then He will reveal to us more of what He wants us to do.”

Last night we heard a sermon that said very much that same thing: “What is wrong with our churches today is that we aren’t doing all that God has said. We need people…who are living what they are taught…We tend to take a little of what God said to do and then put our own spin on it, instead of doing everything to the letter of what He said and then trusting Him to do what we can’t.”

I don’t know about you, but for me, that was a great, big ouch.

We need to spend less time trying to figure out what God wants us to do and more time doing what we already know He wants us to do.

Or put another way, If there is any revealed truth in our life that we aren’t acting on, we need to act on it before we expect more.

The World Has Yet to See…

As I’ve been pondering that this week, I was reminded of this quote: “The world has yet to see what Almighty God can and will do with, for, through, in, and by a man wholly and fully yielded to Him and to His service.”

I’ve always heard those words attributed to the great evangelist D. L. Moody. As I researched them a bit more, however, I discovered that they were actually spoken to Moody by British revivalist Henry Varley, who had taken the young Moody under his wing. What I found particularly interesting was that while those words had a tremendous impact on Moody, when he later asked Varley if he remembered sharing them, Varley said he didn’t remember the particulars of the conversation. Yes, we never know who we are impacting and how!

As You Are Going…

I was reminded again Sunday night that the “Go ye therefore” in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) in the original language is actually “As you are going…”.

We are to teach and make disciples “as we are going”. As we are going about life, wherever we are, whether at home or work or play, in our hometown or across the world, we are to teach and make disciples. Just as that unlikely convenience store theologian did, just as our sweet friend did with my daughter, we are to share Jesus and what He has done for us wherever we go with whomever we encounter.

We are to do what we know He has told us to do, and we are not to worry about the results. He is the one who does the work. We may never know who we are impacting and how…we are simply to take joy in our obedience and trust Him to work in and through us.

How do you share Christ and disciple others “as you are going”? Who has impacted you in a significant way that may not have any idea of their influence? Is there someone you need to thank?

Jen from Ponderings of an Elect ExileBio: Jennifer is a simple wife and mom with an extraordinary God! She is the blessedly spoiled wife to Billy and mom to four crazy, highly creative, sometimes cranky, but always amazing children. Her heart’s desire is to steward the story God has given her well. She blogs at Ponderings of an Elect Exile about “Family, Friends, Learning, Books, Music, Photography, Food…and the Ramblings of a Wife and Mom Daily Amazed by the Grace of an Awesome God!”

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  1. I appreciated this. Good thoughts.


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