Some of my most frequent God-assignments are:
- Be kind to people who are unkind to me,
- Read the Bible and let it touch my heart,
- Pray, worship, and exercise spiritual gifts with my wife.
- “Consider others better than yourself.”
- Meet with other people to experience Jesus together,
- Proclaim and demonstrate Jesus in creative ways,
- Pray with and for other people,
- Write and share (on my blog & social media) what God puts on my heart,
- Obey an inner prompting.
- Connect-heart to heart with the people God puts in front of me,
- Speak the truth in love.
- Use illusions (“magic tricks”) as an object lesson to teach spiritual truths,
- Pour out my heart to God by singing worship songs along with Amazon Alexa,
- Share my pain and struggles with people who will pray & give me godly advice.
- Meet with a small group of students at a tech college every week to encourage them to connect more closely with the living Jesus.
- Pray in tongues.
- Repeat the Jesus prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner.”
- Ignore my desires so I can obey Him better.
What are some of your frequent God-assignments?
I think the strangest God-assignment I’ve ever had was to carry (often with other people) a full-sized Salvation Army Flag (that proclaims the blood of Jesus and fire of the Holy Spirit) around an inner-city neighbor once a week or more, praying as we walked, for more than a decade.
Some of my frequent God-assignments:
“Marcus, stop what you are doing and pray.”
“Come, sit on my lap.”
“Pray for them.” (When I am thinking about a particular person and their problems.)
“Do it.” (Concerning an inner prompting.)
“Stop! Think something else!”
And here is the story of my most difficult God assignment:
“When I was nineteen, I had pride and excessive self-confidence as I started my first job, which was teaching at a private school. God fed me quite a bit of humble pie as He tried to get my attention and show me my error. I was not mature enough to handle the required responsibilities, and eight months into it, God concluded that intense “training session” by having me fired. It was not until after the ordeal that I looked back on it and finally grasped how immature I had acted at times. The lessons I learned through that experience proved invaluable to me. However, I had to learn some of them over again because I forgot.
Six years later, I was asked to teach school again. I had no desire to do it, but to my dismay, God distinctly informed me that I should take the job. He told me I needed the experience.
I did want to do His will, so I took the position: an it proved to be still another of life’s invaluable experiences. Looking back on that adventure, I can see how it dramatically influenced the course of my life.
That experience turned out much better, but after one term, I declined the request to continue the career for the sake of my calling to be an author – which opened the door to the part-time position of administrating a workshop for handicapped boys, which I have been doing ever since.”
Powerful testimony, Marcus! Thanks for sharing it.