A Gentle and Quiet Spirit – How to

Filed in faith, Grace, Jesus, Legacy by on October 10, 2017

1 Peter 3

I had a nursing student one time who didn’t have any interest in really being a nurse. She just wanted to make lots of money being a “medical expert” in trials. On a clinical rotation with the Director of Nursing at a local hospital, she walked into her office and pointed her finger at her (still just typing it out I can’t believe the audacity she had) and said, “I want your job, how do I get it?”

Wait, what?

She was just a meager first year nursing STUDENT!

The reality is that she wanted the “big bucks” and the high paying jobs but she didn’t want to do the “work” it required to get the experience that she needed to even be considered for such positions.

And often times as Christians and as Christian women, I believe we can be the same way. We want to be that amazing Godly woman but we aren’t ready or willing to do the “work” to get there. What “work” is that you might ask? The work that God has to do in our lives to change us and mold us into that person. Because no matter who we are and how “good” we may seem to be, there is a lot of muck and mire that the Holy Spirit has to clean out. But we have to want to be changed. We have to go through the process of letting the Holy Spirit do the changing. So yes, we don’t actually do the “work” because only the Holy Spirit can, but we have to want to be changed, we have to humble ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to change us where He knows we need changing.

One of my dearest of dear friends is what many would think of being the Proverbs 31 woman – a woman who exudes these characteristics laid out for us in 1 Peter 3. When you are around her and you get to know her, you quickly find qualities that you wish you had and you hope to one day exhibit. And I know that she is not perfect, nor is anyone, but I do know that her heart, her actions, and her love for the Lord just overflows. It’s not just overflowing in a few splatters here and there – its gushes over! And it overflows and splashes on anyone and everyone she is around.

She would be the first person to tell you though that things haven’t always been like that for her. But if there is anything you quickly find out about her as well is that she is who she is today from an humble heart, laid out before the Lord and a sincere desire for the Lord to do what He had to do in her to make her who HE wanted her to be.

So many women look at her and quickly decide, “Hey, I want to be like her!” And overall, that is a good and wonderful desire. But we also have to realize that we have to be willing to change. We have to be willing to let the Holy Spirit move through and clean out all the muck and mire in our lives to be changed. We have to realize we need change.

And for me, that is what it means to be the salt and light of Jesus to the world. Because when God works in us to make us who He would have us to be – everyone wants what we have. Everyone wants the qualities that only Christ can exhibit in us. And we know there is only one person we can point them towards which is Jesus Christ – because He alone is the only One who can make something great out of the selfish mess that we are. That is living out Christ to the world in a powerful way that changes lives for the kingdom.

“Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James 4:6-10

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