‘I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious work in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you and will put his finishing touches to it until the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Philippians 1:6 –The Passion Translation–
Sis, tonight my heart is full of gratitude. As I was cleaning the kitchen that scripture came to mind. It’s another one of the many promises to us from God. He marked you and I as His to do something or become something. There are two things the Holy Spirit revealed to me tonight as it relates to Philippians 1:6. First of all, if I’m to be honest, I feel a low key pressure to perform in my purpose now that I know what it is. This means now that God has brought me into full awareness of my calling, I need to be working at it everyday. I need to be results-oriented, showing God that I’m putting boots to the ground, that I’m in the trenches, that I’m bout this [new] life! I feel like when it’s all said and done, when I stand before Him at His throne to give an account of my life, I need to able to “show” the Lord that I did this and I did that, for His glory. And then I thought, “What if Jesus came back tonight, what would I have to show for my purpose? Not that much.” After all, I just started walking in it. Then the Holy Spirit showed me all I’ve done thus far: I’ve created logos for my upcoming women’s groups, I’ve created several lesson plans for my teen ministry, I’ve drafted their mission statements, I’ve titled my podcast and have over 20 discussion topics mapped out, I’ve created and drafted foundation for which to base my coaching ministry upon, I’ve created an e-mail address for What’s Next Sis and purchased its online domain address and tonight I’m publishing my 5th blog entry! But, if you ask me, I’ll tell you I haven’t really done much yet, lol. That’s because the bar in my life, across all aspects, has always been set high. I don’t give myself that much credit until something is done, catching traction and consistently flowing. So, to me that means I still need to get my teen ministry off the ground, I still need to get my podcast up, running and streaming and I still need to become a certified Coach and have my first coaching session. THEN that’s when Jessica will say she’s doing something! But sis, the Holy Spirit showed me that what I am doing now–COUNTS. The foundation I’m laying COUNTS. The preparation I’m doing now COUNTS. If Jesus were to come back tonight, I do believe that the glorious work He began in me will be complete. Why? Because I answered the call and got to work! I will be able to account for the purpose-related things I’ve done thus far and the spiritual maturity levels I’ve risen to, sis. And guess what? A year ago, two years ago, three years ago, if Jesus came back, I wouldn’t have been able to say these things. And I’m just imagining how shameful I would feel standing before the Lord with nothing to show for what He placed me in this earth to do and become. Therefore, I sit here tonight SO grateful that even if Jesus came back right now, the good work He began in me will mean something. I am saying all of this to encourage you to start activating your purpose, no matter if you start small and you’re unsure if it’ll mean anything. It will sis because yesterday you had your purpose on the back burner but today, you moved it to your favorite burner in the front of the stove and lit the gas! And that means a heck of a whole lot to the Almighty. I believe, that more than anything, it’s our obedience that God is after. The channels your purpose flows through and the notoriety it gains or doesn’t gain isn’t the point. Your obedience is the point. The fact that you say “Okay, God, it’s clear you want me to do this and I can’t run away any longer, if I tried, so here I am, I’m gonna show up and I’m gonna get to work!”–that’s what matters sis. I started this blog and I literally have zero idea as to what I’m doing LOL. Apparently I purchased a domain for WNS, because Google offered the option, but IDK what in the world that means! My blog, art wise, looks dry as heck, I’m playing with fonts and colors, nothing is congruent, I don’t know how to make this blog “advertise-able” and I have no views or comments. The ONLY thing I know is that I’m SHOWING UP, I’m trying my best to be obedient to what the Lord is telling me to do and the Holy Spirit is giving me the content to give you ladies something meaningful every time I come on here. So guess what? My heart is content because it doesn’t matter if no one ever reads this blog- God is- and THAT’S what counts. He sees what I’m doing and at the end of the day it only matters that I did what He said.
For Your Glory, I will do anything.