And in that day you will say:
“Praise the Lord, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted
(Isaiah 12:4 NKJV – bold type mine)
“…declare His deeds…” What does that mean? Does that mean screaming from the roof tops Gods love? Or loving on an unlovable person? I think its both – though around here I wouldn’t recommend the first.
Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
(Phil 2:4 NKJV)
Declare His deeds – I’ve been thinking of it over the past couple of days. In my head, I’m thinking its being in ministry. I mean duuuhh right? How else can you declare His deeds? Then I thought more – hello?! At home Jessica. First and foremost we must remember the number one rule of ministry – “ministry starts at home”.
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. (Ephesians 5:2 NKJV)
Its so easy for us to get mired down in everyday life forgetting who is around us. Our kids, husbands/wives, parents, brothers/sisters…whatever – they get pushed to the back so easily because we figure: “They understand“. But thats not what Christ wants us to do.
For example? My mom. She is heavily involved in the women’s ministry. But she has been there almost every time to help with the kids and me. You see, the past couple of months I’ve been going through some intense health problems, causing many doctors appointments and biopsies and what-have-you.
In her willingness to minister to me, she is declaring His deeds. No, you are right she’s not exactly screaming from the rooftops – but thats not what we need every time. God works where we are, on our level. We should do the same.
Think about it, pray about it…do it. Show His deeds by being an example of His love. Now thats an interesting challenge for me to take on. I’m so quick with a comeback, Lord use me please.