When you read the bible, do you read it with the expectation that God will speak to you through it? Do you keep pen and paper at hand so you can capture His thoughts as they come at you in His whisper?
If we anxiously come to our devotional time expecting to hear from God, He will not disappoint. His Word is living and active, more powerful than a double-edged sword, and is able to direct our lives. All we need to do is come to the "table" and partake.
With this, I will challenge you with the following passage. IT is a part of perhaps Paul's final letter before his death, written to his son in the faith, friend and faithful protege, Timothy. Paul had specific words for Timothy in this letter. I'm sure they came from God. What does the following passage say to you?
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5 NKJV)
Take time if you need to read this passage through slowly again. Get your pen and paper out. Jot down what you hear God saying to you. What would it mean in your life to fulfill your ministry? What will you do with what you've heard?
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.