Being Compelled

Lately, I’ve felt discouraged, which is unusual for me. I tend to always think glass half-full versus being a negative Nancy. However, I’ve been trying to be missional, and haven’t seen much fruit, or at least what I would perceive as fruit. Yet, I know God calls me to share His love, and I struggle with having joy in it. Sometimes I feel like that kid that doesn’t want to eat her veggies at the table, and my father is quietly saying, “I know you don’t like them now, but long-term they are going to make you feel good.”

If you are like me, you are not alone. Paul writes to the Corinthians to encourage them:

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Cor. 5:11-15)

We have to be compelled by Christ’s love first in order to sustain the journey of being missional. We ourselves have to be so in love and in awe of Him that we just can’t help but want to share Him.

Today, I would encourage you to pray that God might be present, and that you might listen well. Then, ask Him to compel you towards others in His Love. Ask Him to show you today where you might be missional and do that, or jot down some ideas, and then pray through each.

Have more time? Want to go deeper?

  • Where are you struggling the most right now to believe God, or that He loves you? Write down at least 5 ways God is showing you His love today.
  • Think through some past times in your life where you’ve seen fruit in sharing His love with others, and spend some time praising Him for that. Keep in mind, this doesn’t necessarily have to be fruit of salvation – God uses us to share His love in tiny ways sometimes.

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