Someone mentioned that it is difficult sometimes... difficult actually act on life changes that we know would be good, changes we believe deep down would enhance our witness--changes that would strengthen us in body and soul and spirit--changes that would make us more effective for the kingdom of God.
Sometimes we think changes might be too hard. Sometimes we can't imagine that the change we believe God is calling us to make will actually make that much of a difference. So, instead of pursuing the destiny God has for us, we compromise and "settle" for how things are. Marcus Haug mentioned that Per Nilsen had said we have a choice: "Compromise or Destiny."
This Sunday at Crossroads we'll be pressing into some of Jesus' final words to his disciples while he was still in the flesh here on earth (after his resurrection from the dead).
Jesus told his disciples that they would be witnesses. "This is what is written," Jesus said:
"The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things." (Luke 24:46-48)Jesus' first disciples, the ones to whom he is speaking in that particular scripture were "witnesses" indeed! They saw Jesus in the flesh with their own eyes.
Can you and I be witnesses today? Well, not in the same way that those disciples did who were blessed by seeing Jesus with their physical eyes. But we can be a witness to the changes God is working in and among us here and now. This is a stimulus, I think, to follow our Lord's call in every area of our lives, even when it's making a change that seems truly hard for us. In fact, it's only when we attempt more than what we are able to do in our own power that we witness the power of God.
For more on the "repent and believe circle" see http://equalsharing.blogspot.com/search?q=circle.