Sometimes our Christian life can stumble others. Especially when our circumstances reflect a cloudy mixture of faith and grief, and our prospects appear bleak to the searching eye of those around us. Let’s face it, sometimes the way God works in our life is downright confusing, particularly for those watching us struggle.
So, recently God has challenged me: “How much of your spiritual journey are you willing to share for the sake of others?”
Now, I’m not talking about sharing what God is doing in our circumstances; that story is easy to tell, a joy to broadcast. I’m not even talking about sharing the things God teaches us that have “touched us.” No, I’m speaking of sharing the Spirit’s work in the deep places–in the secret refuge that feeds the spring within our heart.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea . . .” (Psalm 46:1-2)
Now, I imagine that you’re thinking, “No, that’s my place–a private place.” And I know how you feel.
Yet, isn’t it God’s preserving work in the secret place of our heart that keeps us from perishing in the storm?
Consider the picture Psalm 46 paints.
“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.” (Psalm 46:4-5)
Spiritually speaking, how well that passage describes God’s work in the quiet places in our heart where “streams” flow, untouched by earthly cares! How perfectly it portrays the hope that’s keeps us sane and anchored in Christ, no matter the storm.
Yet, if others can’t partake of those heavenly scenes, then our Christian life may actually discourage the faith of those watching us. So then, will we not lift the veil and let others glimpse the golden “city” that lies within?
God’s most powerful work in our lives is that which is wrought in our heart, therefore it’s vital that we share it, because, friends, this world isn’t falling apart–it’s blowing apart. And the world needs to know the breadth and depth of God’s faithful love in the lives of His people.
So today, will we invite others into the chambers of our inner sanctum? Will we share the silent streams of grace, His hidden brook of comfort pulsing behind the cloud of our suffering experiences?
“Come and see the works of the LORD . . .”
“Come and see.” Always God’s invitation to the hungry . . . the weary . . . the wondering.
. . . is it our invitation?
What part of your spiritual journey will you share to encourage someone’s faith today?
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