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The Invitation Part 2

Mark 2:13-14 tells us~ Once again Jesus went out beside the lake.  A large crowd came to Him, and He bean to teach them.  As He walked along, He saw Levi Son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth.  “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed Him.

Today I am going to share with you the things that God has used in our lives to mold us and shape us to start this journey of being a “Missionary”.  Why I use missionary with quotation marks is because I believe is we have a relationship with Christ we are already a missionary.  We are mandated to share God’s love and the Redemption Story with all we meet.  But, first that starts with relationship.  We need to be different than the world around us.  When people look at us, our goal is for them to see Jesus through us.  Wherever we are, whatever we do.  How do we show Jesus to each person we come in contact with?  He tells us in the bible, “We are to be Salt and Light”.

After Dan and I were married, we started learning more about each other and each others families.  We loved being married and we loved spending all the time we could together.  The first thing I learned is consistency.  The third Sunday we were married I said to Dan, “I’m not going to go to church today”.  Dan said, “Are you really sick?”.  I said, “No, I just don’t feel like it”.  Well, I hate to admit it, but he spent a few Sundays during that first year dragging me to church.  You see, my family went to church if they felt like it.  Dans philosophy was, even in those first weeks, “our children will grow up to know that when church is open, we are there”.

After I got done with school and started working at about month number two of marriage I received my first paycheck and told Dan that I was going to go to “Leslie’s”( a high end clothing shop in our town) and buy some clothes.  Dan said , “That money is for bills”.  I said, “Your money is for bills, mine is for clothes”.  Needless to say, I was convinced otherwise.

From the start, Dan has been the most consistent person I have ever known.  Growing up, things were very random in our house.  One day I would do something or say something and it was fine and the next day I got in trouble for it.  I grew to be very inconsistent in my beliefs and practices.  I, have now spent 30 years TRYING to be consistent in all I do.  It is an on-going challenge, but I have to say, each day becomes a little easier.

I grew up with a lot of broken promises.  There is One who does not break His promise to me.  He has called me and He will equip me.  He tells us this in His Word.

Enough for this stage of life.

The Point is, God brings people into your lives to help you.  Your spouse is your number one help-meet.  That means where I am weak, Dan is strong, and the opposite is true.  We need to let the Lord show us what is right and what is true.

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