The simple truth is that all of us here, myself included, are most of the time more concerned with the approval of other human beings than we are with the one and true creator of the universe. You and I are so timid when it comes to telling the story of Jesus and helping people understand that they are loved. That they matter to God, that there is hope, that they are called out of a low life and into a high life with an eternal noble purpose; that their life has a fight and a savior that will embrace them forever! We have the greatest story there is, and yet we are all wrapped up in our consumer mentality, in our religious distance and safety, and we are all so concerned about appeasing people and it’s just wrong!
It's time for you and I to start living our lives boldly revealing the love of the Father through the life of the Son in the power of the Spirit. I'm calling you to be brave and show courage. I'm calling you to believe what you say you believe, and to live in a way that changes your world. You’re going to rise up, you’re going to step up and realize you weren’t called to just kind of slip through under the radar in this world. All of us are insecure and all of us are fearful, but you decide you’re not going to live small and in fear any longer. I'm not calling you to be a chameleon and blend in; I'm calling you to reveal Me!
So go and make disciples, and don't just do it with people that look like you, and live where you live. Go out of your way, bump into other people and as you do, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teach them to obey everything (Matthew 28:19). Don't walk away from them if they are new in the faith, you teach them and you do life with them until they get it, and when they do, then they can share it with somebody else. That's the call of Jesus Christ!
If I have your approval, that is awesome, thank you. If I don't, that is awesome; and it's ok. Nothing matters more than Jesus' approval, and we have to make up our minds about whose approval we are living for. Faith resolves insecurity, and when you and I begin to believe in 'Christ in us,' we begin to live boldly for an audience of one!
If you refuse to live up to the glory and the awesomeness of the image of God that you bear, that’s on you, but if you look in the mirror and you see someone who God loves so much that He died for you and you believe that you bear His image, and you believe that His son lives inside of you; then you start to live out your gift and your calling and you’re no longer under the radar, no longer embarrassed, no longer small, negative or lightless.
Every one of you is gifted. One of the things that breaks my heart is there are so many of you gifted people who are not using your gifts to be salt and light and the city on a hill, and we’re going to change that in the days to come; we’re coming after you! You have a high and noble purpose and that purpose isn’t to live for your own glory and your fame. You’re not here to make your name famous. You start living large for God, that’s your call! Not so that people can know your name; you live large for God so that people can know His! -Dr. Drew Shofner