“But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.” Paul in 2 Timothy 4:17
Brothers and sisters, I understand that everyone has their own lives, feelings, and highs and lows and going out of your way to serve others, doesn’t really “fit”. We tend to lean towards the easier option, wash our hands and use the popular phrase, “I’m not hurting anyone, so I’m fine.”
Today I want to present to you two strategies that Satan uses to keep us away from serving God. This doesn’t mean that if you don’t serve God you are of Satan… let’s not get extreme, BUT it’s necessary to mention that Satan finds joy in seeing us away from God.
- He makes you feel unworthy: WOW! Satan is an expert in making us feel as if we are good for nothing more than the “norm”—go to school, go to work, and live like zombies with no flavor. He is an expert in making sure your sins, insecurities, your past, your fears, and your negative memories remain so vivid that you can’t escape them. Let’s remember that God uses even the most rusty instruments for His melody of salvation. Look at me, God rescued this poor instrument from a dark place. Let the powerful blood of Christ cleanse your dirtiness and lift your head up high and know that you are made for much more than you can even dream. Free yourself from the sin of feeling unworthy and the fear of proclaiming a message of love… accept that you were created to live in love. It’s a lot easier to live in a lie like a coward, in gossip, and in an ego-centric mentality, but that makes you a slave, it ties you down and it doesn’t let you fly to new horizons.
- He makes you feel auto-sufficient: Now, the other extreme… Satan loves to make us feel as if we are literally, as our Pastor Father Rafa would say, “we tend to think like we are the last Coca Cola in desert.” As long as me and my family are okay, I don’t care about anyone else. This is such a sad way to live. Is that even living or can we go ahead and call that surviving? Satan loves to make us feel superior to others so that if I’m fine no one else matters. This opens to the most overlooked sin—omission. We know and see of a need but we tend to look the other way because that would require sacrifice. We would need to offer up some of our time, money, and comfort so yeah… someone else will take care of it. May God free us from this mentality!
Paul clearly expresses “so that through me the message be fully proclaimed” and he says it with such a security of knowing God can and will use him! What message is proclaimed through you? A message of fear? Gossip? Arrogrance? Sadness? Hatred? It’s time to stop this and know that God, through you, will proclaim the message of salvation, love, forgiveness, mercy and grace.
In this duty, “the Lord will stand by your side and give your strength…”
Joandra Ocampo – Writer, unparalleled love