John 13:34-35 (NKJV)
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
I believe that the fruit of the spirit is the foundation of God’s character with love being the very essence of His being (God is love 1 Jon 4:8). I’m always evaluating my fruit and asking God to increase it. If we are not growing in His fruit, then we are not growing deeper into relationship with Him. His presence should make us want to become more like Him every day causing us to repent and submit on a new level.
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [a]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Believe me, I fail daily at operating in the fullness of these attributes. That’s why we all need a Savior! The point is that my heart is postured towards Him, seeking to be a reflection of His image to those that I come in contact with.
I have been on a rollercoaster of life events that have made me who I am today. I have been processed through some of the roughest seasons. I know I could have never made it through without Jesus. I have made many mistakes and have learned so much on my journey. I am still learning and am thankful that God’s mercies are new every day.
God has blessed me. I want to encourage you to delight yourself in Him no matter what you are going through. When you delight yourself in Him, your desires become the desires that He has for you and not those that come from your flesh. Once your desires line up with His will for you, then you can have the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 (NKJV)
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
My desire has been to be known by God’s love. I want people to know that I am a follower of Jesus by the way that I treat them.
Recently, I was praying to see if it were time for me to start working again. I have always thought that I wouldn’t work another traditional job, but be able to freelance write, do speaking engagements, and sell my books. I still believe that God will open up doors for this, but through prayer He led me to start looking for a job.
I applied for a job, by faith, without having been in the work field for over 5 years. My experience through random jobs, and even the hardships that I have overcome qualified me for the job, but I didn’t have specific experience or education for the job title. I was standing on Ephesians 3:20.
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
God did just that. By His favor, I received the job. I was told when I was hired, that God chose me. By His grace I will fulfill this great assignment that He has given me.
The part that tickles me most is that the name of the organization is Love INC of Greater Hammond. It stands for Love In the Name of Christ. It is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ. To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus!
Not only did I receive a job. I am the Executive Director. I went from stay at home mom to E.D. God did exceedingly, abundantly beyond what I could ask or think. I will be literally known by His love in name and deed.
I am so humbled and blessed to come in to an organization with so many awesome volunteers, board members, and workers. Each one has received me lovingly and has made me feel at home. The former E.D. has done an amazing job growing it to where it is and I look forward to building on to her legacy.
God is faithful. Stand strong in hope and keep believing Him for your promise. It is not too late. You have purpose and value. Ask God how you can be used to show His love. How can your gifts and talents represent Him in a way to give Him glory?
Father, thank You for Your love. Forgive us for not always acting in manner that people would know that we belong to You. Thank you that our mercies are new every day and that we have a Savior that delivers us from our shortcomings. Grow us in the fruit of the spirit. Show us the areas that we need to surrender in a greater way. Lord, we want to be known by Your love. Make us aware of how our gifts, talents, and purpose can be used in love to give You glory. Align our desires with Yours. We know and believe that You will do exceedingly, abundantly, more than we can ask or think. We faithfully wait for You to fulfill our desires as we grow in to our purpose. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!