~ Ginny Swafford
I believe all Christians can identify that moment when things changed…that moment when we first accepted God’s prompting in our life and we JUST KNEW that things were about to change.
Just how much it is going to change depends, a great deal, on us.
An example of this in scripture is with Lydia. “On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.”
Lydia’s life was changed that day. She could have said thank you and been on her way and I truly believe her life would have still taken a positive turn. But Lydia chose to ask Paul and Sylas to stay with her out of hospitality. Lydia’s heart changed that day….and so did her destiny. You see, Lydia helped to start the Church of Philippi.
The fact that each and every one of us is alive today tells us that God has a plan for our life. He wants to mold us and teach us so that we can go out and make disciples. Lydia came with a humble heart. Lydia was willing to open herself up to change and that humility allowed God to really do a work in her; a work that was not meant just to benefit her, but to benefit the world.
There is one thing that is certain…GOD DOES NOT MAKE JUNK. God made me to be a world changer. God made you to be a world changer. That person that drives you crazy (we all have at least one), God made to be a world changer. But there is one thing that is going to get in the way EVERY SINGLE TIME. Pride…which is a lack of humility. Read that part of scripture above again…. Lydia said, “If YOU consider ME to be”
Lydia showed humility in asking them to accept her hospitality. Lydia knew that it wasn’t about her…. heck it wasn’t even about Paul or Sylas. The work that was being done was the aligning some of the very people who would start the Philippi Church. It was about the people who would come to know and accept the love of Christ and what that meant for their eternity.
It is the same with us…. he aligns us where we need to be but we will only go as far as our humility allows us…. and humility is all about the realizing that it’s just not about us.
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” ~Philippians 2:5-9~