In the last two emails, we covered the first portion of Psalm 51:12 “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Let’s face it, we don’t always feel joy or feel like obeying, but when we seek God, things change. He points us to receive from him and then gives us opportunities to say “yes” to him. Out of these moments of life’s highs and lows, God writes stories with our lives and he wants us to tell them. Every story holds potential to touch someone else’s life and make a difference.
Psalm 51:13 “Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.”
Our first internal response may be “Who, me?” Yes, You! God has a plan for you! You may not be able to stand at a podium just yet, but I guarantee you that his plan includes you telling others what he has done in your life. I used to think that if I told someone something God did, that I may make them feel worse, if they are facing something bad. A friend corrected me and said “Katie, we believe that what God has done in, through, and for us is something that He can do in, though, and for others.” I now understand if He can change my life, answer my prayer, walk me through tough times….He can do it for anyone! That’s why we tell our stories. Now, we see the “why?” we tell our story. Let’s talk about the “who?” we share it with.
David committed to God to teach “transgressors,” that means everyone we come in contact with that needs Jesus. At Be the One we want to See People. David was committing to see people and tell them the stories of God’s faithfulness. He took ownership of “his” part to play. What God does in our life is not just for us. It’s also for others that are in our sphere of influence. We see people, because people feel overlooked, uncared for, and passed over. Seeing people is the start. When people feel seen, they lean into who we are and what makes us different.
When I first began intentionally seeing people, uncomfortability screamed at me. A lot of thoughts plagued my mind, like: “Are they going to accept me?” “I don’t know if I want to be this person’s friend?” “There are so many people to see, I can’t see them all!” I stopped the doubts and over analyzing and started with seeing one. That step of faith turned into many more. If I can do it, then you can too! When we start with one person, our faith strengthens and our confidence in the Lord grows.
Here’s my challenge:
Ask God to help you see one person.
Begin to pray for that person.
Do one action step to make that person feel seen.
Ask God to bring up the opportunity to encourage them with your story.
Take the opportunity.
You may or may not see that person come to Jesus overnight. You may be one of many in their journey to come to Jesus. If you do your part, God is faithful to do His part.
- Katie Sexton// Co- Founder of Be the One Ministries