I’m a little late out of the gate with this one but I felt that God put a special message on my heart to go deeper during Holy Week. So, here goes. I hope you all are ready to dive deep this week, bear with me as I am certainly not a Biblical scholar.
It was put on my heart to share a word or phrase each day this week with you all. Well, let’s get going, we are already behind.
Sunday was all about Jesus entering Jerusalem. It was all about him showing up. That got me to thinking, what is the first step in growing our faith? It’s all about showing up. Let’s have a chat about what showing up means concerning our faith walks. In a very literal sense, it means being present, but I would also add it means being engaged and receptive to the message being shared. You have to allow yourself to be fully present to encounter the presence of Jesus. You must fully surrender yourself to God’s will. Well, buckle up darlings, because it’s simply not about you. It’s all about Him. You simply need to show up and allow God to occupy the driver’s seat. Show up and do not miss an opportunity to bless someone or experience a blessing yourself. Showing up does not mean, marking a box off your checklist to attend church. If you are not engaging, then you are missing an opportunity to experience the love of Jesus. We all know Jesus ain’t got no time for a lukewarm follower, so step on up! You have to learn to be comfortable in the uncomfortable. God has created you and equipped you to be a light in the darkness. How do you be a light in the darkness? Friends, you show up. Great things happen when some of the most ordinary folks simply show up. A great example of this is the woman at the well. She was a simple, Samaritan woman who experienced a moment in the presence of Jesus. She went back to the Village to share of the coming of the Messiah. That single moment had such a profound impact on her. Want to know how you can experience God’s presence in your life? Turn with me to Psalm 27:4 (NLT) which says, “The thing I ask of the Lord- the thing I seek most- is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.” It’s all about pressing in. Showing up and pressing in. More of Jesus, less of self. Showing up means practicing daily obedience, praise, worship and simply seeking God throughout the day. Friends, read your Bible. Know His Word. Psalm 16:11 (NLT), “You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence.”
Be on guard. The enemy will be coming for you. It is not an “if,” it is “when.” The enemy will try to distract you when it comes to showing up. The enemy will steal your time. Something came up and you are too tired to read your Bible. So, here’s a little tough love, pop those headphones on and go into your room shut the door and listen to God’s word be read to you. Quit making excuses. The enemy will try to distract you from showing up to let your light shine through the darkness. Your showing up is a testament to other believers as well. We are walking our faith journeys together each and every day. Our stories are still in the process of being written, our job is to show up and be present.