"Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant, or insecure, remember to whom you belong."
These words have comforted me in some of my darkest & loneliest moments since choosing to follow Jesus. There is just something so secure about knowing I belong to the Creator of everything.
Ephesians 2:19-20 reminds us that we are "...no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with Godʼs people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.”
One thing that I love about this verse is that it mentions the other people of God's household, my brothers and sisters in Christ. Honestly, some days my "Jesus family" pushing me into His presence is the only way I'll get there. I absolutely love them for that, but what is hard is when it's my turn to do the pushing.
I feel like when it is my turn to remind people who they are in Jesus and push them back into His arms two things happen: I push too hard or not enough. I am great at encouraging, loving, and sending scripture but when someone is walking through a trying season of life, I freeze.
God is walking me through this right now & showing me how to rely on the Holy Spirit to lead me.
I have never been great at bearing other people's burdens and I think part of that comes from me just not knowing how to do it. & God knows I understand the best through hands on learning. So God placed a few dear people in my path this past month to bear their burdens with them. And let me tell you, it's the hardest thing I have ever done but God is so good and He is so gracious with me. I am learning to have compassion, be selfless, & my prayer life have grown immensely but I have also shed more tears, been more broken, & the most angry at Satan than ever before.
I am learning that in brokenness is where God's strength and glory radiates. It's through bearing burdens of others that He grows the body of Christ and binds our hearts together through Himself.
It's just the most beautiful part of my walk with Him so far. I struggle with selfishness, so being able to walk through these hard times with people I love is making me realize how much this life is not about me. Showing others the love of Jesus and reminding them that they are loved by the One who formed them in the womb and called them His own & loving Him with our whole hearts is all this life is about.
This life is short & our world is evil. There are so many things that we were meant to walk through to get us closer to Jesus and yet we think we have to do it alone.
Brokenness leads us to holiness. Burdens create growth. God didn't call us to a life of comfort but to suffer in our weaknesses TOGETHER so that He could be glorified.
Who in your life is feeling unloved, unimportant, or insecure & needs to be reminded of who they are in Jesus this week?
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.