What do you think about when you see a large bucket of ice water?
In the past month or so social media has been flooded (pun intended) with the ALS ice bucket challenge. What makes us want to dump ice water on our heads, video it, then challenge our friends to do the same?
Is it because we want to immerse ourselves in something BIGGER … to show that we are ALL IN?
I happen to think God knows this about us … that He even gave us this desire to be sold out to something BIGGER than ourselves.
Not simply to jump on the bandwagon of the latest cause (even when it’s a good one), but to step into the BIGGEST thing … living sold out for His Kingdom!
Last April, when 14 of us gathered to pray and plan for this year, we read these verses in 1 Timothy 4 about what God would have us IMMERSE ourselves in:
Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed – keep that dusted off and in use. Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation.
1 Tim 4:12b-16, The Message (emphasis mine)
Can I challenge you today to join us in something BIGGER? Immerse yourself this year in God’s Word … in God-worship … with these godly women!
Mind if I pray?
Generous Father, You fill our lives with all we need and more than enough. I confess that I forget Your goodness when I look for an activity or sacrifice apart from You to fulfill me. Help my motives to be pure when I seek to pour myself out for others. And let me humbly accept Your Word, becoming a woman who worships You with my whole heart. Amen.