God’s Word for Today: Different. 1Samuel 10:6. The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.
When we first started writing God’s Word for Today, the idea was outreach via something a little different. Now in its 4th year, GWFT has grown into something different, but I have some concern for the outreach part. Are we reaching those who need God’s assurance? Are we touching those lives who would never even consider a life with God as their primary focus if they hadn’t started reading the godswft.org blog or apalavradedeusparahoje.org blog, or the Facebook pages God’s Word for Today and La Palabra de Dois Para Hoy? Have we become just another clutter of words in a very busy world? Has being different been more important than sharing the Love of Christ? Just because I have the burning desire to write a message every day, doesn’t mean that everyone has the burning desire to read said message. How can the Love, Grace, Peace, and Joy I have received from God be shared with my fellow man? Are number of “likes” on Facebook more important than maybe the one person, who needed to hear something a little different, on that particular day?
It is a constant battle. Think about that sentence for a minute. What is “it”? For me, I was referring to battling all the questions of the above paragraph. For you, is “it is a constant battle” the story of your daily life? If so, what should you do different?
Many people are looking forward to the Super Bowl one week from tomorrow. Not because of the two teams battling it out for 1 years claim of being the best in the NFL, but rather, because we want to see something different in advertisements. We have been bombarded by the same advertising on TV for a long time. Now, we want to see something new, something refreshing, something that will grab our attention and make us want to buy. It might be the same potato chip we have been buying for years. But because of a clever marketing strategy, we suddenly have a longing for more of that same potato chip.
Same with God’s Word. You have been hearing the same thing for years. Some good, some not so good. Or, you have witnessed other people doing this “God thing”, have watched them fail, so what’s the point?
Today, realize what is said in 1Corinthians 12:4. There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. God has a Gift just for you. He is the same God that has been hanging out just waiting for your call. God doesn’t have to be different. You have to decide to be different. Take one small sample of the Spirit of the Lord taking control of your life. Different is good when different is God……………….
Prayer: Dearest Heavenly Father, the One who can lead me in a different direction. Thank you for waiting for me. Forgive me for trying to be different on my own. I have looked many directions for different, only to realize they all lead to the same result of emptiness. Fill me today with your Love Lord. Give me the Grace you so generously offer. Make me a different, no, make me a better me. In Jesus’, who defined a different outlook on life, called Love, name I pray. Amen.