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But you will receive power when the
Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8
Some years ago, I decided to take a
music theory class at a local junior college. I introduced myself to
one of the students there named Frank. I always greeted him warmly
when I saw him. In my heart I believed that he needed to know the
Lord. One day after class had finished, I was about to leave the
school building and drive home, when I sensed the Holy Spirit
prompting me to stick around for awhile. I believed the Lord wanted
me to minister to someone, but I didn't know who. I had my guitar
with me. Sometimes after class, I would pick out a small music room
to practice in. But that was not what the Lord wanted me to do –
at least not yet.
In my spirit, I felt the grieving of
the Holy Spirit so I prayed in tongues silently, while I waited in
the cafeteria for God's further direction. Honestly, I felt a little
bit foolish waiting around like this, but I believed the Lord was
leading me. After twenty minutes had transpired, I saw Frank
waltzing through the cafeteria. I said, “Hi Frank.” And then,
“Would you like to hear some of my songs? We could go to one of
the practice rooms upstairs.” He said, “Sure. I'd like to hear
them.” We made our way to a practice room and I played a few of my
songs. I could see that the Lord was moving in my friend's heart.
Then I witnessed to him about the free gift of salvation, and he
accepted Christ into his heart and life. Hallelujah!
After the music theory course was over,
I lost touch with Frank. But about four years later, I ran into him
again. He told me he was doing well. He said he played in the band
at a church he was a part of and that he was living for the Lord.
That was music to my ears.
As I write about this story, I am
motivated to allow the Lord to use me in ways like this again and
again. I hope you feel the same way. You may be thinking that you
cannot be used by God in such a way, but let me encourage you that
you can. A good prayer to pray is to ask God for divine
appointments. God has a way of bringing us into the lives of people
we are uniquely qualified to minister to. In my case, I ministered
to a music student, with my music. You may have other skills. You
may have unique knowledge and experience that make you able to reach
certain types of people.
Let's open up to the Lord by asking him
for divine appointments and the boldness to reach people. Jesus is a
Master at putting such appointments together. He has empowered you
and I to be his witnesses. The word “power” in Acts 1:8 can also
be translated ability. Jesus has given us His ability to be
witnesses. Let's rise to the challenge.
Dear Father God,
I ask you to give me divine
appointments. I want to reach others for the Kingdom of God. Lord,
use my unique skills, knowledge, and experience to minister to
others. I ask you for the boldness and ability to carry this out.
Thank you Lord! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Where there is no revelation, the
people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law.
Diligent hands will rule, but laziness
ends in forced labor. Proverbs 12:24
My wife and I celebrated our honeymoon
in Hawaii during the summer of 2002. One day, while on the island of
Maui, we discovered a music store. I am a guitar player, so I
naturally began trying out different instruments. Then a disheveled
man in his thirties strolled into the store. He wore tattered
clothes and his dark hair was out of place, but he picked up a
guitar and then a ukulele and made the two instruments sing. It was
evident that the man had musical skill.
The store owner approached him. “Bob
(I don't remember his real name), why don't you work for me as a
Bob replied with a smile, “I don't
think so. I like my life the way it is.”
Bob lived on the beach; he decided not
to work, even when he was offered a job that he probably would enjoy.
So what does this story have to do with
accomplishing our dreams? I believe that God offers to everyone a
dream, vision, or revelation for his or her life. If we are living
for Him, and we seek Him, the Lord will reveal to us the plans He has
for us. Then it is up to us to apply diligence toward the
fulfillment of the vision God has instilled in us. The Scripture
says that diligent hands will rule. This means that God will make us
leaders as we apply ourselves in the direction He has revealed to us.
I'm not sure what Bob's purpose is. I
hope he is doing more with his life than watching the waves go by.
Taking a job as a music teacher would be a good first step for him to
become productive. Maybe you've heard it said that God cannot steer
a parked car. When we become faithful in little things, God will see
to it that we step into the bigger dreams of our lives.
Let's ask God to reveal to us His
vision for our lives, and then let's apply diligence toward the
completion of our goals. In the parable of the talents, the Master
added talents to those that were faithful and He said to them, “Come
and share in your Master's happiness.” There is joy in pursuing
and achieving God's goals for our lives.
One of my goals is to write songs that
are a blessing to the body of Christ. During that trip to the music
store, my wife bought me a compact traveling guitar. This was a
wonderful gift. I have used it to lead worship in small groups, and
I have also used it to write songs.
Whatever the dreams are in your heart,
determine today that you will not let time slip from your grasp.
Work hard to see the dreams in your heart, come to pass. Do this
with a desire to further Christ's kingdom and bring Him glory. Then
your life will drip with significance.