The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Show Up - The Origin"
I have frequently shared with you one of our favorite axioms of life in Christ, namely, "Show up." Great things can happen when we arrive at our God-called places of privileged responsibility as He leads and enables us. Thus, we seek to join the prophet in his response to the Lord's calling: "Here am I, send me" (Isaiah 6:8).
Of course, the origin of showing up exists in God Himself. He always arrives at the scene of His responsibilities, as it were, ready to be and do whatever His wisdom, knowledge, and understanding direct. Since believers "live through Him," our own fulfillment of responsibility flows from the realization that our Lord fulfills His (I John 4:9). We will find Him already on site as we arrive at our places of duty, with the promise of power for the fulfillment of our tasks. "I am thy God. I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee" (Isaiah 41:10). Our confidence lies in His commitment to be with us, and to empower our faithfulness and fulfillment of responsibility.
"By the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me" (I Corinthians 15:10).
Knowing that our Father always shows up greatly motivates our doing the same. Indeed, if it were possible that God might not await us at our places of responsibility, we would do well to not show up. We require His vital presence, guidance, and enabling to fulfill our responsibilities. Thankfully, such a possibility does not exist. Our Lord always shows up at the scene of His trusting children's callings, and He always leads and empowers us as we show up in faith and submission to His glory and will.
"God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work."
(II Corinthians 9:8)
Weekly Memory Verse
"Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 1:6).