The Discipline of Belonging

I am passionate about a lot of things. I am passionate about my husband and kids, coffee of course. I am passionate about being warm, I love my coat and blankets. I am passionate about baseball and donuts. All sorts of things, I don’t discriminate.

One of the things I am most passionate about in life is women in ministry. I love to encourage and support women doing what they feel God has called them to do. That comes in all different avenues, the important thing is that we all, male or female, are true to the calling God has placed on our lives.

So when I learned that one of my favorite ministries was hosting an online conference for women in ministry, I, of course, jumped on board. If you haven’t heard of Leading and Loving it, I would encourage you to check them out, download their app and listen in. The “Just One” conference is going on right now. The best part is that it is free and you can watch it in your living room, under a blanket with a cup of coffee.  

The portion of scripture they are talking about is 2 Corinthians 6:3-13. We are only on day four, but I was so excited I couldn’t wait to read the rest. This morning, as I read this passage one verse in particular, jumped out at me. Verse 7 says,

“We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense.”  

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So often we go about our days in a posture of weakness. Just trying to make it, just hanging on by a thread. This is not who we are called to be! We must never forget that we are in the midst of a battle for our souls and the souls of the those around us. As believers our greatest weakness is passivity. In our right hand is the sword of the spirit which is the word of God, for the attack, in our left hand is the shield of faith. We are equipped with weapons to fight on our own behalf and on behalf our families! We are equipped to fight for the lost, the hurting and the broken.  

This fires me up! When we are faithfully preaching the truth, God’s power is working in us! His power, we are not on our own, fighting alone. We are empowered by God, standing side by side with the family of faith God has placed us in. This is why God plants us in communities of believers so that we are not doing battle alone! We have people who will stand with us, cheer us on, support us when we are weak.

I love this quote by Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little, Together we can do so much.”

Let’s be for each other. Let’s cheer each other on. Let us do battle for one another in prayer.   

Normally, I am the type of person who likes to do things on my own. I feel like I can get it done faster if I do things on my own. In reality, it is more stressful and not as effective is I do things alone.

I love looking around at the people God has placed in my path to come alongside and do life with me. People with different gifts, people who are better than me in certain areas, people who I can celebrate and who want to celebrate me.

It is only when we recognize who is alongside us that we can more effectively fight the battles before us.

I hope today you will take up your sword in your right hand and your shield in your left and look around to see who is alongside you. Don’t do this life alone, cheer on those who are with you, cheer on those who fight beside you.

Passivity and isolation are tools that the enemy uses to defeat us, but we have a choice. If you don’t know who your are fighting with it may be a sign you need to get connected! If you don’t know how to use your weapons it may be a sign you need ask for help! If you don’t know how and you don’t know who I would love to help! You are not alone my friend. We are better together.