Encouraging others to deepen their true, abiding joy in Christ
The Real Question Is, “Are You Willing To Be Used?”
Last year after I watched the finale of the television show America’s got talent, I was on Simon Cowell’s (one of the judges) Twitter page and then I decided to comment on one of his tweets talking about the show being over. I simply said, “I understand you’re a busy man but when you have a chance I’d like to invite you to read my blog,” and I gave him the link.”
I never thought he would read it among several hundred comments. But I did it because the Holy Spirit kept adding this question, “I wonder if anyone has ever witnessed to Simon Cowell?” I laughed in my head and thought probably no one has. At that moment, the Holy Spirit asked, “Why don’t you tell him?”
Now on Twitter I knew that several of the famous people don’t have the option to sent a private message. But guess who did? Simon Cowell. So I hesitatingly sent him a private message on Twitter telling him my story and presented the gospel to him. I thought I wouldn’t hear back. But in ten minutes someone responded and he said, ‘Thank you so much Abbey.’ That night I remember thinking, “I wonder if he actually read my message?”
In 1 Corinthians 3:7-8, the Bible says, So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
Recently, after I watched the movie The Greatest Showman again, the Lord laid it on my heart to email the song writers of the song, This Is Me (my favorite song on the movie). I shared my story and presented them the gospel. Being kind yet honest. At the end I said,
“As a Christian, as a person with limitations, as an artist and blogger, I am a Warrior through Christ. Because when I am weak, He is strong and will come alongside me and help me through life. This is me and my life.”
And I invited them to read my blog when they got a chance.
Will I hear back from them? I doubt it. But I planted the seed and now it’s in God’s Hands. Famous people need the Lord, too. I know sometimes when I’m watching a movie or tv show I think, “If they only knew what Jesus has done for them?” Who is going to be bold and tell them that Jesus loves and wants to be apart of their lives? I probably sound crazy, but if someone doesn’t tell them the truth who will?
How you say can we reach them?
First, let’s begin by praying for Revival in America. Hollywood isn’t going to stop making movies—it’s just not going to happen. But Revival in America has happened before and I believe it can happen again. With God all things are possible. We are living in 2018 for such a time as this. Will it be hard to be committed to pray for our country daily? You can count on it. The devil sure doesn’t want revival. He wants the worst for America and the world.
Secondly, together we must start sharing the gospel boldly. Telling people that Jesus loves them should become second nature us as Sons and Daughters of God.
Trust me, I know it can get awkward handing out a tract and inviting people to church and getting stared at as you walk away. But I’m used to the stares (people having been staring at me for years because I’m different and peculiar). I just smile and walk on. This is me, shopping at Maurice’s. This is me eating out with friends and family. This is me sharing the gospel to a guy on Facebook with dystonia living in Ireland. This is me living a peculiar life. No one desires to be peculiar. But in 1 Peter 2:9 it clearly states
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
Lastly, together we must keep being faithful in our relationship with God and in attending church. I struggle with wanting to go to church sometimes. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. I’m sure everyone struggles with it at some point in their life. For me, once I’m there and singing “When We All Get To Heaven,” I’m happy I decided to go. When I go to church I ask the Lord, “Who can I encourage today?” I grew up going to Bible Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and guess what? I am still happily a member there. It’s a blessing to serve alongside others and encourage each other and pray for one another.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Together, let’s pray for revival in America, share the gospel unashamedly, and continue stay faithful in our relationship with God and being faithful to church.
Are you planning the Seed?
Are you willing to go hand out a tract?
Will you be peculiar? Remember, you’re a chosen generation.
If you don’t tell them about Jesus, who will?
I heard this song “Will You Go?” a couple of years ago and I believe we should be asking this question every day. The chorus reads,
Will you go where the Shepherds hand is leading? Will you tell the lost and broken of the God you’ve come to know? And though you may not see just how He Is working all things out, all He’s asking now is will you go?
The chorus to me is convicting. It’s so true, while we may not see what God is doing right then, the real question is, “Are you willing to be used?”