When Jesus Works A Room
Hi Hope Family,
I am praying that you are reading this from a spot with a cool breeze (August is so hot!). I have found another post to share. This one, I hope, will encourage you to fill up on God’s love so you’ll have plenty to spare as you work the rooms of life. Have you ever said to someone, “I don’t know how you do it”? Chances are, they are in a good place with people around them to love them and to fill them. Being with Jesus can be that kind of place.
Make time in your life this week for Jesus. Get filled of his abundance and you will be amazed how much extra time you have! When you’re ready to work a room like Jesus, let me know. I’ve got a lot of rooms full of great children that need people like you to come and ask “How can I serve you?”.
Stay cool and drink lots of water.
When Jesus Works a Room
When Jesus was physically here on earth, what would it have been like to be Mary or Martha or Lazarus or one of the disciples? What would it have been like to shoot the breeze with Jesus? To have a barbecue with Jesus? What would the conversations have been about?
I think they would have been all about adding value to you. About listening to you. About serving you. About loving you. When Jesus was in any sort of social context, do you know what His natural reaction was? To serve. When He met someone, His first thought was, How can I serve this person? He came into social settings thinking, How can I encourage other people here?
Why? Because He was full. He didn’t need anything from anyone. He came simply to add, to serve, to complete. His idea of “working a room” was not networking and smooth-talking and manipulating people for His own benefit. It was to make sure everyone walked out feeling better, thinking better, and knowing God better than when they walked in.
Jesus is the guy you want as your friend.
He wants to give to you, not take from you. He enjoys being with you because of who you are, not because of what you can do for Him. Jesus is not consumed with Himself.
You’ve probably met a few people who are truly secure. They have a sense of contentment in their lives. They know who they are. They are not concerned with comparison or competition, but they are at rest and at peace, and they continually add value to others. Maybe you are one of those people. I know I want to be one. I want to live like Jesus. I know that’s a bit of a cliché sometimes, but I really mean it.
Jesus always seemed to find creative ways to add value to people.
You know that kind of person — no matter how bad the meal was you just cooked, they find a way to compliment it. No matter how crazy your kids are behaving, they find a way to make you feel like amazing parents of amazing children.
Can you imagine what it would look like if all of us — families, friends, churches — lived and related and loved from a place of inner fullness? I think it would look a lot like heaven on earth.
Bad News, Good News
We have received from His fullness. — John 1:16, paraphrased
How do we receive? We don’t earn it. We don’t deserve it. We don’t develop it. We simply trust it, believe it, and receive it. Our mindset should be, God, I receive from Your fullness today. I am who I am by Your grace. I find my rest and contentment and peace in who You are through me. I’m not talking about repeating some formula or magic prayer, of course. I’m talking about becoming aware of what God has already made available to us.
We can receive from Jesus’ fullness to the point where we are emotionally, mentally, and spiritually complete and full.
This eradicates one of the greatest hurdles in relationships, friendships, and community: insecurity.
I’ve got bad news and good news. The bad news is, we are right in our self-assessment. We don’t measure up and we aren’t good enough. But the good news is, Jesus is enough. He’s more than enough, actually, and if we lean on Him and receive from Him, we will be enough as well.
Sometimes we think our personality types define our social skills, but that is not true. We all need friends. We all need community. When we find our security and completeness in Jesus, His fullness transcends our personality types and helps us become better friends, better spouses, better parents, better employees, and better neighbors. Jesus wants to heal the hurts and remove the scar tissue. He wants to help us relate socially the way He did — thinking of others and serving others. Ironically, we are most protected against hurt not when we withdraw and isolate ourselves, but when we serve others with no strings attached.
Jesus is the relationship that completes us.
When we find true friendship in Him, it frees us to discover real relationship with fellow human beings on this planet at a level we never thought possible. Jesus is the one who fills us. And when we’re full, we’re free to work the room.
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Excerpted with permission Life Is___, by Judah Smith, copyright Thomas Nelson
photo credit: www.godisreal.today