Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | December 12, 2016

Trusting What God Knows

dec-12“But honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” I Peter 3:15 (HCSB)

Assumptions have never served me well – how about you?  Just because someone looks like they know Jesus doesn’t mean they do.  Even when I doubt someone ever heard His name – I am amazed at the depth of their love for Him.  The eyes are always assuming – granting what it perceives – rather than trusting what God knows. Not exactly the right way.  God’s way is always looking into the heart instead of gazing outward.  We could all benefit from His wisdom, His grace and His eyes.

Maybe you’re like me and you’ve assumed too much for too long.  I’m learning ever so slowly that the person next to me may not know how much God loves them. We may sing in perfect harmony.  We may talk the “church” talk and still never experience who He really is.  We can’t for a moment glimpse away because of rehearsed words that flowed from lips.  Because too many times, we’ve believed they knew Jesus and we simply walked away. Never sharing.  Never telling.  Just simply assuming they are His.

Missed opportunities don’t guarantee repeat performances.  Life is short and the circle of people in our path changes.  Assuming they will always be there might cause us to excuse away open doors.  The one who talks too much may be just longing for someone to share that God is more than enough for all she needs.  The one who appears to have it all together may be afraid to admit how desperately she needs Jesus.  And the one who quotes scripture, serves sacrificially and gives generously may be the very one caught up in tradition versus a personal relationship with God.

Assuming we don’t know a person’s heart will always serve us well.  Removing the label  and inviting conversation may open doors that have remained closed and distant for too long.  Our sharing could be the answering of someone’s prayer.  Our willingness to move past surface to deeper could be the unveiling of something so much bigger than words could say.

“Father You alone see the heart… us to lay down our assumptions and share Your story with everyone we meet.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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