There once was a girl who grew up in a wonderful family, in a home that was centered around God and who never lacked anything. She was content and felt safe living in her ‘box’… but for some reason she had a feeling that something was missing. She sensed that there was something more to life.
One day she was asked to go with a team from her church to a small town in Mexico. This was something way outside her ‘box’! She didn’t know where she would be sleeping, what she would be eating, let alone what kinds of bugs and creatures she would meet. But what she did know was that she needed to go.
The trip was only two weeks, but the girl learned a lot. There were fun times and there were hard times… but most of the times were stretching. There was one particular day that really stood out to her. She was all by herself on a rooftop patio watching the setting sun over the ocean and she heard a voice speak directly to her heart. This was the Lord speaking right to her! He spoke to her about how she had been loved all her life…. but never really took it to heart. The Lord clearly said, “I LOVE YOU!” There was something different about this time. The Lord was speaking so clearly and directly that she could not get away from the words. She had to believe it to be true… that God loves her! From that day the girl was changed.
But this is not the end of the story….
As time passed the girl continued to change and grow in her love with God. She was not as shy as she used to be and the ‘box’ she used to live in was not so comfortable anymore. She believed that the Lord had called her on a mission to love people and make sure that people knew that God loved them too.
Five years after her life changing moment, the girl was asked again to go to the same small town in Mexico with a team from her church. At first she did not believe that she would have the opportunity to go again even though in her heart she wanted to do so. She wanted to go to Mexico and bless the people and love on them! The Lord opened all the doors for her to go, provided the support and even provided coverage for her job. The Lord had his hand on even the small details. The girl knew this trip was going to be different.
Even from the first person that the girl sat beside on the plane she knew that the Lord wanted her to love people. She was able to encourage two ladies on the planes as she shared about going down to Mexico to love and help people. She shared the story of God’s gift of Jesus to the kids in a children’s program. She shared what she believed about Jesus to a complete stranger by the beach. She worked hard making cement, hammering nails with rocks and cleaning up garbage around the town. These things may seem like little things but the smiles on peoples faces revealed that they were blessed. Many of the people did not understand why a team of people would come and do these things for them.
After the girl arrived home she reflected on all the things that had happened. She was sad that she did not directly hear the voice of God, but she knew in her heart that He revealed other things. He revealed how much His love had changed her and He was the one working in and through her. There was nothing the girl did that was in her own strength… it was the Lord. For the Lord had stretched her and brought her out of her comfortable life to a place where she had to fully rely on Him.
The Lord does not want us to stay the same… He wants us to grow, draw closer to Him and to completely trust in Him. For He has big plans for all of us and He gets glory when hearts change. When we are living how God calls us to live, He gives us freedom! He has called us to love. For it is not about what we do, or what we strive for, but it is God’s love and what He is doing through us.
Ephesians 3:16-21 states it clearly, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
As the girl discovered in the story, there is more to life. God’s love can do more then we could ever imagine. Sharing God’s love will change everything! Are you willing to share God’ s love with the people you meet? It is as simple as telling a story… a story of how God has worked in your life, or how God loved us all so much that he sent His ONLY Son to die for us. Everyone needs to know that they are loved. For many people that is the missing piece in their lives. God’s love changes everything! It changes who people are and what they do but most importantly it changes hearts.
Love on people. Find ways to bless them and watch as the love of God changes their hearts and yours!