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Obey, go and use the tools God provides - John 13:3-5 (GW)

Written April 10, 2011
John 13:3-5 (GW) 3 The Father had put everything in Jesus' control. Jesus knew that. He also knew that he had come from God and was going back to God. 4 So he got up from the table, removed his outer clothes, took a towel, and tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry them with the towel that he had tied around his waist.

I love the way that God speaks to me when someone teaches or preaches new life into Scriptures that I’ve read so many times. Priscilla Shirer did just that in the sixth session of the He Speaks to Me Bible study. I’ll share the lessons I learned.

Jesus obeyed his Father and got up from the table - John 13:4
How many of us know that God has plans for our lives yet we won’t leave our comfortable places? Pricilla asked: What comfortable place is God asking you to leave? I can tell you first hand that it’s not easy for me to obey when God speaks. I would rather not show up to do the ministries I am called to do. I would also rather not handle or face the things that the Holy Spirit brings to my mind. Yet time and time again I find complete fulfillment and peace when I obey and do the things that have an eternal purpose.

Jesus removed hindrances (outer clothes) that kept him from doing the job
The question we need to ask is: What’s there anything hanging in my way that keeps me from being the woman that God calls me to be? Are we hanging on to the expectations of parents, spouse, kids; residual bitterness; issues with procrastination, unconfessed sin, etc.? There is a defined window of opportunity to do God’s will. Don’t miss it because you’re hung up with yourself.

Jesus was equipped with the right tool (towel) to do the job
Make no mistake: God calls and equips you to serve and wash the feet of others on his behalf. You just have to want to use the gifts.

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (GW)
4 There are different spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them.
5 There are different ways of serving, and yet the same Lord is served.
6 There are different types of work to do, but the same God produces every gift in every person.
7 The evidence of the Spirit's presence is given to each person for the common good of everyone.

Ask yourself: “What are the tools that God gave me?” Then go out and use them. A life lived using God’s gifts is the best possible life.














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