Living For Jesus

Another blog already? YES!!!

So when I was in Nicaragua over the break, I was asked to lead the devotion on that Thursday morning. I of course accepted it, but I was entirely clueless on what I was going to do it on and what I was going to say.

So as the week went on, I prayed to the Lord to help me figure out what He wants to move through me. As I fell in love with the country and people of Nicaragua, He was showing me how easy it was to love and share His gospel. But then that got me thinking. Being in a completely different country and being with complete strangers is where we all felt so comfortable and so revived. These people didn’t know us. Some could hardly understand us without having a translator. But they listened to us, they loved on us, they trusted us. So why is it so hard to do that at home?

The Lord really led me to a few verses that went along with this. He knew that I needed to share with my team, and to myself as well, that He knows it’s easier to share the gospel to those we don’t know and to love on strangers rather than doing that with people who are familiar with us.

We as human beings are so quick to judge someone. Whether it’s their appearance, their personality, their past, or just something that’s so little and pointless. I absolutely HATE that part about being a human. So because of that, so many of our friends and peers will make it harder on us to be who God has created us to be. Maybe you were not a good person in the past. Maybe you made mistakes in the past. Sometimes being around those who know the you that you used to be will be so quick to judge you. They might even be one of your best friends and still do that. Mistakes and your past do not define you. The only thing that defines you is who you are in Jesus.

A few verses that really hit me:

Matthew 13:53-58 (NIV)

“When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. ‘Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?’ they asked. ‘Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Aren’t all of his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?’ And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.’ And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”

I feel like God had the same situation that most of us have. It was so much easier for him to work miracles in places where many were not familiar with him, compared to his own home where almost all knew him, but didn’t have hardly any faith in him.

So that week the Lord showed me that I needed to speak on the topic of coming home and being even more bold in our faith, even when others would be so quick to judge. Little did I know how much I would need to hear it over again this week.

Maybe this blog helped one of you reading this. If you EVER need to talk about anything, I am always glad to talk! Feel free to contact me at any point in time!

Thanks for reading!

“You are so very loved.”

Sydney Vickery

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