Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
As I sat at home calculating our financials for December and making our monthly donations, this verse kept popping up in my head. And it reminded me one of the reasons Thy Word Apparel was started in the first place. In the last year Ethan and I have had a strong desire for the Lord to "use us". And I think for the longest time, we assumed that meant some huge, tangible, obvious way. Ethan is a teacher and for the last year has been teaching at a residential home for children in the foster care system. It just broke our hearts that there was an "orphanage" of sorts right in our back yard and most people here don't even know about it. That's when God really started to show us that when we give our all to Him, and truly declare "Send me," God will pour into our lives so that we can pour into others. Requesting to God to “send me” is not always committing us to another country. God has the WHOLE world in His hands, including Dodge City, Kansas!
God can use each one of us for a mission field. But we won't all have the same mission field. Some of us are called to Africa or Haiti, while some of us are called to reach out to our American neighbors and friends. I have noticed since I have really started asking God to use me, He puts people on my heart that I feel led to reach out to and open the door for a Christian friendship. I heard on the radio the other day that the prayer for the listeners was that they would lead at least one person to Christ in 2017. And it got me thinking. Who have I led to Christ? Who has seen me and my actions and wanted the light that lives inside of me? Jesus said, "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Is my light shining bright enough to actually lead someone to Christ? That lit a flame in me that makes me want to be more intentional in my efforts to bring people to Christ. The Bible says that pouring into others will help our growth as well. "A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed", Proverbs 11:25. We are not supposed to keep God all to ourselves but to teach others about Christ as well. "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age", Matthew 28:19-20. God wants us to reach all the nations and He will be right there with us the whole time, whether this is across the seas or across town!
So I encourage you today to ask God where or who or what God is sending you to do. It may not be as intimidating as you think.
Side note -- this Send Me shirt is one of the first shirts God gave me a vision of for Thy Word Apparel. It's a bold statement that we trust God enough we would put the whole map in front of Him and say "Wherever you lead Lord, I'll follow". These shirt purchases directly support Iris Global Ministry. They are doing great work all over the globe. Some of my family members have visited their base in Mozambique Africa and were truly changed by their experiences.
So I wrote this blog yesterday. But it was one of those days where.... running on little sleep and trying something new, the devil just had multiple opportunities to attack me. And he was good at it. My patience was tested. My skill level and confidence was tested. It was a rough couple of moments in the day. I did my first run of start to finish designing-making shirts. I think any bump there could have possible been, we ran into. Also imagine doing all this with two children at your ankles! Of course I had help and wasn't on my own. But it didn't stop the devil from deceiving me. More than once the thought of "this is a mistake" ran through my head. As the night came to a close (at midnight) I remembered my blog post and felt a convicted about it. Here I am claiming I'm willing to let God send me, yet I'm already thinking about throwing in the towel on something he's asked me to do. The devil is ALWAYS on guard, ready to attack in battles. And he may very well win some of those battles if we're not prepared. But guess what God has already won the WAR. "For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory", Deuteronomy 20:4. That's God's word. We have nothing to fear because God is with us and will give us victory! So today I have on my armor and am prepared for the devils lies. In my two year old's terms I'm ready to "stomp on bad guys". Which is a reference to my elementary days of Kids Church where Rocragious taught me the devil is under my feet!
Ephesians 6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground...
So stand strong today friends! Maybe this should have been a Lord's Army shirt post ;)