22 September 2011
It really is hard to try to sum up on a blog the things I am learning and the way God is touching me deep inside. We’ve travelled through the topics of God’s glory, Our need for Him (which is desperate), the Biblical roles of men and woman, what marriage and singleness should look like, what an orphaned heart is, how to study the Bible and understand what’s written, how to parent your children by getting to the heart and not just the behavior (which takes a lot more work!) and, finally, how to counsel people.
This week we have been more focused on counseling people and I must say, it’s a daunting task. It’s daunting because our definition of counsel is to lead people one step closer to Jesus. Whether we want to admit it or not, we counsel people every day. By our words and actions we are leading people closer to Jesus or further away from Jesus. If we want to lead people closer to Jesus, we need to be walking closer to Jesus ourselves. In order to pass on wisdom we need to know God’s Word and also be listening to the Holy Spirit. It’s too easy to pass on advice that makes sense, but it leads someone away from Jesus. It’s too easy to have set answers and use what worked for one person to work for another. God works in whatever way He chooses and many times it does not make sense to us. That is why it is so important to be listening to the Holy Spirit and to have a humble heart so God can use us to lead others just that one step closer to Himself.
A man named Yun writes: “We are absolutely nothing. We have nothing to be proud about. We have no abilities and nothing to offer God. The fact that He chooses us is only due to His grace. It has nothing to do with us. If God should choose to raise up others for his purpose and never use us again we would have nothing to complain about.” This concept rocked my boat, and still does if I’m honest. I have nothing to offer God? It’s only His grace that I am used and nothing of myself? Nothing? If I can come to grips with this, a truly humble heart, I can be in a position to lead people one step closer to Jesus. It keeps coming back to living a life of true repentance and dependence on God. Out of that God is able to be the true Healer for anybody regarding anything.
God can heal
ANYBODY regarding ANYTHING. (Including me!)
That is HUGE!!!
Are you willing to walk people one step closer to Jesus?