12
Apr
11

Inspired to Inspire?

We live in a busy world. Actually, I take that back, we live in an extremely busy world. If most of you are like me (and I’m sure you are), we go go go all day long. Between family, work, school, church, our family member’s work and school, house work, exercising, eating, (fill in the blank) and trying to get a decent night’s sleep, most of us run full-throttle most days. And again, if you are like me, you are happy and content with your crazy, busy life. There remains a question though – are you inspired? We are called to be lights in the world and the salt of the earth. How can we inspire a lost world to find joy and salvation in Jesus if we ourselves are not inspired? Looking back in the gospels, it’s amazing how many times Jesus Himself would take time to get away and be with the Father. He knew that He needed that time of fellowship with the Father to be refreshed, refilled and to ultimately be effective in His ministry. You and I are no different, other than the fact that we are not Jesus. That may sound silly, but I ask you this: if even Jesus needed time away with the Father, how much more do you and I need that? The fact of the matter is that I can’t inspire my family, peers or even strangers to be more like Jesus unless I am inspired by Him. As a worship leader, I can’t lead people into worshiping Him unless I know how to worship Him myself. I can’t worship Him myself if I am not inspired to do so.

So how do we get inspired? The answer is really quite simple: we get into His presence. One of my favorite lyrics, by Jason Upton, is “In Your presence all fear is gone, in Your presence is where I belong.” We have got to have time alone with God. How you do that is up to you. It could be in the car while driving to work, while having your morning jog or coffee, on your lunch break or wherever! It can be at different times, in different places depending on what day it is. It just has to be a priority. Just like we all manage to fit in eating and breathing everyday, we need to make it an essential priority to have time with Him as well. It’s in His presence that we are renewed and refreshed. We get to know Him more and more as we learn to recognize His voice. We gain peace and understanding. The Holy Spirit fills us and empowers us to do His will. When we get in His presence it’s an awesome, amazing thing. We come out of that time recharged and more in love with who He is. We come out inspired to live for Him and bring Him joy. When we are inspired, then we are able to inspire others. We can’t help it, it just spills out of us in what we do.

Are you inspired? If yes, then great! You know exactly what I’m talking about. I exhort and challenge you to go deeper with God. Seek Him with all of your heart, soul, mind and being. I don’t think we can ever get enough of Him on this earth. If the answer is no or if you’re not sure, I challenge you to start spending time alone with God, every day. Even though you might feel too busy, take the time. You won’t be disappointed!! Let Him share Himself with you. He loves you and wants to spend time with you. It’s an investment of your time that will never return void. Get inspired by Him first and then go inspire others.

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