Monday, February 21, 2011

Just Two Words

Words are one of the most powerful forces in the universe. A simple “yes” or “no” can forever alter the direction of a person’s life. As I was thinking about my wedding anniversary, it dawned on me just how powerful two little words spoken over two decades ago proved to be and how much they have impacted my life ever since. When I said “I do” to my spouse that day, I made a forever commitment to love, cherish, honor, and remain faithful to him, no matter what life brought our way. Because of the love we shared in the months leading up to our wedding day, saying “I do” came easy. Even though the years since have been a mix of both challenges and blessings, we have grown closer and more committed to one another than we thought humanly possible at the time.

The most pivotal “I do” we will ever utter this side of eternity is in response to Christ’s saving work on the cross in our behalf. Once we understand His grace and mercy, receiving the free gift of His salvation is easy. On the other hand, surrendering to His Lordship in our lives can be quite difficult as this requires a level of trust and obedience, sacrifice and selflessness that are impossible to achieve in our own strength and by our own effort. The level of commitment this requires is second to none, but infinitely more gratifying than anything we will ever experience in life.

When we say “I do” to Christ and make Him Lord of all, we give Him permission to change us from the inside out and to employ us as His ambassadors in our circles of influence. Although our mission field is often confined to our own families or our co-workers in the marketplace, it is nonetheless our partnership with God that leads others to believe in Him.

There are those who are called to travel as missionaries to foreign countries, but there are multitudes more that are called to share the Gospel and serve God locally. Even the simple act of praying for others while folding a load of laundry is a ministry, both to God and to the persons for whom we pray. Even if the only two words you can pray are “Lord, help!” you are communicating with the One True God who is able to do immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Just those two simple words can summon the kind of resurrection power it took to raise Christ from the dead, resulting in amazing answers to prayers we can scarcely put into words. No matter whether it’s two words or two hundred, “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).

Whatever God calls you to do – go, pray, or give – make sure that you answer with a heartfelt “Yes, Lord!” God is more interested in your availability than your ability, and He will enable you to do amazing things for His glory if you are simply willing to say, “I will.”

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