BY: Giovanna Gomez
BIBLE TEXT: “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.” –Revelation 4:11
PERSONAL REFLECTION: People are God’s most precious creation. He created people in His image and for His pleasure, yet people are filled with complexities that are often difficult to comprehend. ”Complex” was not God’s original plan for people, of course, but sin has broken humanity in such a profound way. I am absolutely certain that if by some incredible, miraculous occurrence we were able to experience the body and mind that Adam and Eve had before the fall we would not be able to accurately describe it.
I’ve always prayed and desired to be a light to whoever was around me. I realized recently, however, that I used to only want to be “light” under certain conditions. It had to be convenient for me, it couldn’t take too much of my time, and it had to be with the right type of people. Let’s just say that Jonah and I would have probably gotten along very well. He didn’t want to go preach to those undeserving Ninevites just like I didn’t want to be around people with too much baggage. God dealt with me about this, though. No, I didn’t get swallowed by a whale (thank God) but through my profession, He placed me in the middle of the type of people I wanted to avoid — the ones with the baggage and the ugly complexities.
Two Sundays ago, Pastor John Driver talked about “levels” of helping. You can help someone by filling an immediate need in their life that may help temporarily (which is definitely valuable and it’s good and so enjoyable–it’s the stuff that gives you warm fuzzies and fills your heart with happy, sunshiny feelings). There is a deeper level of helping, however, that isn’t as sweet. It requires your personal time and investment. It’s not fun because this type of helping will not only demand that you help sort out someone else’s nasty baggage but it will also make you sort out YOUR OWN. There isn’t an immediate reward, but it’s where lasting change is made. It is the hard stuff that will make you fall on your knees seeking God’s direction. Funny how that happens. God does have a sense of humor.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: How deep do want your light to shine? Do you want your light to shine on the superficial level or do you want your light to go deep into the nasty, complex places and work with God to cause change? I promise you that if you choose to go where your flesh does not want to go, God will be there waiting and you will have the adventure of your life. Will it take work? Yes. Will it hurt? Yes. It will expose every ounce of selfishness in your life. Dare to invest in friendships with people outside of your comfort zone. Dare to say yes to things that scare you. Dare to make people – God’s most precious creation — a priority.
PRAYER: Father God, forgive me for I have sinned. I give you my life and relinquish my selfish desires, in Jesus Name. Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Giovanna has been blissfully married to Hubert for 28 years. They are parents to Andrew, who is married to Evelyn, and to Rachel who is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University. They have been partners with Life Assembly since 2005. Giovanna is a social worker – a profession she loves. She enjoys laughter, gardening, eating tasty food at restaurants with friends, and taking walks with Rocky — a Black Mouth Cur that her daughter rescued from the pound.