by Brittany Vasquez
The Spark of a Conversation
Once upon a glorious day in particular, my husband and I were enjoying an all-American style burger at a family filled restaurant. Sounds like a good touch in a day right? While we were on this simple outing, we were in conversation. At some point in our conversation we ventured off into the discussion of church attendance. Now I absolutely am one who believes in the fellowship of the brethren; greeting each other, encouraging one another, edifying and building up the family of faith. The word would encourage us and say it as so; “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT)” I am a full-on church girl, fully involved, and inter-joined with my family of faith at my local church home. I love my spiritual family and community. I count relationships within the family of God to be both highly purposeful and valuable. I do want to be clear on that note. However, in this conversation I brought up two scenarios in which my firm stance of sole church attendance was not as firm. It wasn’t a matter of salvation for these individuals. Under these circumstances they both had personal relationship with God, thus the debating of our conversation. I truly believe if today were their last day, I would not question them spending eternity in heaven. In one circumstance the individual has a home church, but because of physical family health situations, she is restricted with attendance. Notice I did say she does in fact have a church home. In the other circumstance I concluded, “this individual does has a relationship with God.” My concern is, when they reach eternity, they may discover there was more God had for them to fulfill, had they been rightly positioned and joined in as a member of the body of Christ; fulfilling their original function to its entirety as originally designed. I know that was a mouthful. 1 Corinthians 12:18 (NIV) But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. So I found myself in this grace space, I’ll call it; while my husband on the other hand was more stern on his stance. It was a genuinely good discussion and conversation being brought out between the two of us. At some point, my husband plainly stated “at the end of the day, you should want the best for someone. For them to be in the best position to not miss God’s best for them.” It couldn’t have been more true. He couldn’t have been more right. God quickly reminded and encouraged me through this conversation of something bigger.
There are limitations that come with humanity. Sometimes we become blinded and our emotions distract us from encouraging the best of other’s according to what God sees. God sees what is truly best, and that is not the best that comes from our personal reasoning. This conversation served as a reminder to me. I want to encourage the best in others. This act of love can only be led with the Holy Spirit as our guide, whom reveals to us the truth of God’s plans. “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future John 16:13 NLT.” I heard Pastor Toure’ Roberts mention this in his “Conversations” series I recently watched; which I highly recommend one to listen to. These were the summary of his words “we must not allow the humanity of a person, to prevent us from accessing the divinity in the individual.”
God Has A Yes
We are all created in God’s image. When He restores us and we are co-collaborating unto Him, we allow ourselves to authentically live out the fullness of who He created us to be; which is revealed through God by our design and existence. God’s unique image and design is to be revealed through us individually. Our minds have to be transformed with that truth. This factor is certain, the moment you are brought into this world, you are growing closer to death, that is guaranteed. This should not be a depressing matter, but rather an encouragement. Seek the good plans of our Father and truly have a worthy life of fulfillment. He bestows good gifts, goodness and mercy shall follow those who believe. The time we are given is dedicated unto God, each other and the land, as it was designed in the beginning. God brought us into existence seeing that it was good. We see and hear this in the word when God creates, He creates what is good in His sight. On the other hand, life is good at proposing aspirations and dreams in our own sight. Many “good things” we become tempted by with the desire to claim to our own living. However, the promises of God are Yes. As I’m encouraging that we should want the best for each other, we should also want the best for ourselves according to God’s “Best Yes.” In every season, God would have it destined that we are to blossom and thrive. Some seasons it can be hard to see that as so, but we hold onto His words not our opinion. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do Psalms 1:3 NLT. His way is better. His way is good. He is unwavering. In every season of life God has a yes for you to walk in. Follow God’s “Yes” for your life.
For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20 NLY
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