Bill Yount has been a member of Bridge of Life Church in Hagerstown, Maryland for the past 40 years where he is in leadership. He faithfully served in Prison Ministry at Mount Hope Inc. for 23 years and now travels full-time, ministering in churches and Aglow circles. He is currently an Advisor at Large for Aglow International. Website: BillYount.com
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You Were Born For This Mess – A Word by Bill Yount
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In a world of chaos and gross darkness I asked Jesus a question.
“Jesus, would you remind me of your strategic plans for saving the world?” He responded, “Yes, listen carefully. Love God and love people. And don’t mess that up!” Those last words haunt me, “And don’t mess that up.”
When God Calls Us, It’s Usually For Something We Didn’t Sign Up For
When God calls He rarely considers our plans. Where He leads often makes no sense. When I want to stay, He says, “Go!” When I want to go, He says, “Stay!” The worst place on earth turns out to be perfect to advance His kingdom. And He never asks me what time it is when He says, “Go!” And what we think is the worst time for something to happen is often God’s kairos moment to advance His Kingdom.
Are you going through something you didn’t sign up for? I sense the Lord saying, “I know you didn’t sign up for this, I drafted you for I know you can handle it. You were born for this mess.”
A husband and wife shared how they wanted to leave their small town in Texas. Drugs and crime were rampant, darkness oppressed them. God said, “Stay and plant a church!” A woman, the town drunk, kept interrupting the services. She stomped her feet and gave mean looks. The pastor while preaching happened to mention how he loved tomatoes. The intoxicated woman with a loud voice spoke up. “Tomatoes? I grow tomatoes in my back yard. I will bring you some!”
The next service she brought the tomatoes. During the sermon she came under conviction and gave her life to the Lord, instant deliverance! The whole town shook from the power of her testimony. Her drinking friends still ask her. “How long is this going to last?” She tells them, “Until Jesus comes and for all eternity. I am done with alcohol. I have no taste for it!” When God calls us to a certain place, it usually isn’t for our sake but for someone else’s
It’s usually the people we don’t want to pray for who are on “God’s Most Wanted List”… where we used to be.
I believe when we see God face to face, we will realize we could have loved more and judged less.
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