Here we are: the last week of the All-Church Book Study about creating God Space in the lives of those around us. It feels appropriate that it also falls on the weekend we celebrate the 499th anniversary of the Reformation, a landmark moment in the history of the Christian church.
I believe Luther was “all in” with creating God Space. He noticed that people were in need of the Good News of Jesus, but weren’t able to hear it because the Scriptures had been largely reserved for the clergy and well-educated of his time. Recognizing the transforming power of God’s Word in his own life, he brought it to others in their own language; in ways they could hear and understand the joy and power of the Gospel.
I wonder if we aren’t entering a new reformation. Like Luther, we have an opportunity to bring the message of hope and grace in Jesus to those in need as we notice and serve; listen and wonder. We meet people where they are and wait for the opportunity to share the Good News with them.
For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Matthew 10:20 (ESV)
Make no mistake: as you notice, serve, listen, and wonder, God will bring about opportunities to speak into the lives of others. God is already at work softening hearts to hear from Him through You. He has given you His Spirit not merely to reside in your heart, but to preside over it, transforming you from the inside out so that you can in turn transform others.
Jesus is already at work all around you. Let’s join Him in creating God Space in the lives of those around us. Let’s notice their needs, serve as we’re able, and listen and wonder with them. And let’s ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the right moment to speak, and give us the words to say, that will bring hope and grace to those in need!