Telling Our Stories – God's Provision
We’ve been talking a lot about evangelism at Family of Christ North and I’ve started blogging about different ways to talk about the Gospel (such as Jesus taking our place or Victory over death and hell). It’s important to be able to tell people what Jesus has done for us, but it’s also good to be able to talk about how God is working in your own life. People are often more open to hearing about what’s happening (has happened) in your life. So, this can be a good way to start talking about God.
So, in addition to writing about ways to talk about the Gospel, I thought I’d share some people’s stories of God’s work in their lives. I figured I’d start with one of my own stories to get things going.
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!…Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
– Luke 12:27-28, 31
After I graduated from college I took a position as an intern college minister with a campus ministry at my alma mater. This position required me to raise funds for my pay. So, I went around to several friends, family, and churches and asked if they would be willing to support me. God did, indeed, provide for me through some very generous people, mostly through commitments of monthly giving. There wasn’t an over abundance of money, but there was enough to get by. Month after month I was dependent on these people sending a check and month after month God provided as the checks came in. I did this for two years (apparently I had a lot to learn 🙂 )
The Summer in between the first and second years of internship, I was asked by a church a few towns over if I would volunteer for their week-long church camp and be the speaker for the week. Summer is slow at the college so I happily agreed to do it and had a great time. I just saw this as a great opportunity to talk to a bunch of middle and high school kids about God, but God had other things in mind as well.
About 4 months into my second year as intern, that same church asked me to lead the music during their Sunday worship services. This time they said they would pay me about $100/week. honestly, I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it. The church was pretty far away and I had found a local church I was very happy at. But after praying about it for a while, I decided to take the job. The very next month, some of the people who were supporting me were no longer able to contribute as they had been and my pay for the internship dropped by about $500 per month, pretty much the same amount I was now receiving for leading music at the church. God had provided the opportunity to lead music at the church which, among other things, kept a roof over my head and food (mostly Raman noodles) on the table.
Since then I’ve had my fair share of financial ups and downs, but through it all I knew that God would continue to take care of me. That doesn’t mean that it wasn’t difficult at times. There have been some truly difficult times. But through it all, God has always provided.
How is God working in your life?