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Scripture Reference: Gospel of John 12: 1-7, Matthew 26: 6-13, Mark 14: 3-9
Discussion Point 11: “There is a sacrificial element to doing what you can.” – Elisa Morgan, page 75
As I re-read this chapter, I envisioned Elisa sitting by the side of her friend’s hospital bed as she died of cancer. I think about Elisa listening and receiving the “message” that she was to speak at her friend’s funeral. I feel her wrenching heart as she reluctantly took on the challenge to share words of comfort with her friend’s family and loved ones. Sometimes doing what you can is down right hard and quite scary.
However, we must not let our fears hinder us from giving ourselves freely to be God’s servants. I am thankful that God is opening eyes and moving hearts to prayer and service towards these African-American Boys in the “Hot Topic” series.
There are unlimited reasons why we, any of us, can not take action. Fear reminds us that we are unqualified, unprepared, and inadequate – that we simply don’t know what to do. How would people look at me? What would they think if I showed up?
Mary might have had those same troubling thoughts as she approached Jesus with the alabaster box, but she poured out her offering anyway. As she surrendered, Jesus silenced her critics, “Leave her alone.” In highlighting this truth, Elisa gives us a gentle reminder that fear (either of ourselves or of the peering eyes of others) does not come from the Lord. Simply be yourself, all of you that God created, and said was “very good.” Offer everything that is unique about yourself, humbly, sacrificially, and let YOU be enough. Give yourself away…
“Imagine: What might happen if I did what I could? How would I be changed? How would others be changed?”
4 thoughts on “Natasha’s Study: SDWSC Chapter 11”
keep them coming Tasha, remember someone is always paying attention
“Fear reminds us that we are unqualified, unprepared, and inadequate – that we simply don’t know what to do. How would people look at me? What would they think if I showed up?”
I have so been feeling that fear. Weird, but I feel a little relief now that I know someone knows my fear secret. I guess it’s because you encouraged me all in the same post. : )
“But he said to me,” My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10
This is radical, but we are to embrace our weaknesses, hardships, persecutions, and difficulties. In pursuing the “tough” things in life, we have the opportunity to see God’s greatnesses, and can therefore, not take credit for the results.
I love your heart, Emily. God can and He will use you for His purposes. All He searches for are willing vessels. Do you remember Isaiah’s response?