For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand…. (2 Cor 1:13).
Have you ever had to become someone different, not because you were trying to impress someone, but you were trying to reach them? I once went trapshooting with a friend who I was trying to share Jesus with. I have zero interest in shooting guns, but she was a very good trapshooter, and so, with the hopes of sharing Christ with her I became someone different, for a few moments for the sake of Christ.
Can I be honest? I don’t always like to live outside the box of the things I enjoy. Sometimes, in my selfishness it feels like too much to try something new, because it’s not serving what’s best for me. Ouch….
Support my husband in that venture he wants to do? Yeah, I’d rather not.
Give up some of my “me” time to go and serve someone else. Yeah, I think I’d rather hunker down stay in the comfort of my own little world.
Change my interactions with others so that it better meets there needs and not mine? Why do I have to change and they don’t?
Maybe you’ve been like me, more focused on yourself than others.
It’s time to grow and change.
It’s time to let go of your own personal preference to lift up someone else for the sake of Christ and His Kingdom. That’s what God is teaching me. Becoming someone different doesn’t mean I change what I value, but instead it means that I change WHO I value. Yes, I become someone else so that I might reach more and more for the sake of Christ.
Father, I want to be a witness for you. I want to be someone who makes sacrifices for others. Help me, as I grow and change to let go of my own personal preference to value someone else over myself, so that others might be reached for Christ, in Jesus name, Amen.