Intimacy Fuels Ministry

As a young girl, I knew very early on that God had gifted me in some very special ways and that He would use me to share the Gospel with others. As I get older and grow in Him, I discover more and more of what He has given me. What I’ve recently discovered about myself is that I’m most effective as a witness and disciple when I am being extremely intimate with my Lord, Jesus Christ.

When coming up with strategic ways to share Jesus with others, it is so easy to limit our actual interaction with Jesus. We can spend a lot of time talking about Him, but little time talking with Him. It’s scary to think of how much satan must enjoy this. We load ourselves up with great things to do to the point where we are weak and susceptible to his attacks. I always wonder, why do we take the complicated route instead of allowing ourselves to become utterly consumed with Christ to the point that He effortlessly oozes out of our being?

This makes me think of some things I’ve recently learned about fatherhood. A Christian biologist by the name of Dr. John Medina has spent quite a bit of time researching the answer to the question,”what’s the most important thing I can do as a father?” After much searching, his answer to this question is simple: go home and love your wife. The advice is so simple, yet so profound. He didn’t say buy every new parenting book that is published, take classes, go to conferences or anything extra. He simply said love your wife, implying that if a man does that, the love that he has for her will drive him to love his children well and benefit them. I happen to think that ministry works the same way. Sometimes we look for magical solutions to growing our churches and increasing the spirituality of the people we minister to, when it could all be so simple.

What if the best way to minister is to others is to cultivate a red hot love affair with Jesus ourselves?

Think about marketing. Experts say that the best advertisement for any product is a happy customer. If stores have an excellent product, they don’t have to spend billions on advertising. One of my favorite restaurants know all about this. They have no commercials and I’ve never seen a coupon, yet when I visit the restaurant the line often starts outside the door. The restaurant is Chipotle. From the second I tasted it, I was absolutely hooked. The rice, the beans, the cheese, the guacamole…everything about it was perfect. It satisfied me. It filled me. It was delicious and I wanted more. And if you know anyone who loves Chipotle like me, they’ve probably had a similar conversation with you about how obsessed they are about it. You see, when something is amazing, it doesn’t need major strategies and big gimmicks. The news of it spreads like wild fire because it actually lives up to its name. Jesus is like this, but he’s so much greater than a burrito.

I honestly believe that if those of us who feel called to share Jesus would dedicate more time with Him instead of strategizing about how to present Him to others, I have no doubt that we would see more people crazy in love with Him and in intimate relationship with Him. Why can’t reading the Word, fasting and praying be enough for us? Why do we have to add so much to it? This week, I spent some time reading and watching a video of the book of Acts. What blew my mind was that anytime the body of believers was mentioned, they were praying together. Whenever there was a decision to be made, whenever Peter or Paul went to prison, whenever the body of believers was being persecuted, the small but faithful group prayed fervently.

I know that in our western, American Christian culture, we think that we need so much. Churches now have to stream and archive services, update Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, share the sermon notes in PDF form, add lots of gimmicks and bring in attractions to get people to church. Although I think technology, special programs and other tools can be awesome, I truly think that a lot of what we we do is done to distract us from the reality that we don’t have a consistent, intimate or real personal relationship with God. We can’t lay hands on the sick and heal them. We can’t cast out demons. We can’t perform miracles. And the reason that we can’t do these things is because we’re not consistently tapping into the vine.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” – John 15:5-6 NKJV

If we would just allow ourselves to be consumed by Jesus, the fire that we have would attract others and they too, would want to be consumed by Him as well. The things that we do for God will only be as great as our personal relationship with Him. God is not impressed with titles, positions or numbers; He craves intimacy. Until we give that to Him, our efforts in ministry will be in vain.

New blog feature: Resource Library

Good afternoon friends,

I hope that you are all well. I wanted to write a short blurb about something that I’ve worked really hard on to be of service to you. When I’m looking up different topics and issues related to living as a Christian young adult, I come across many great resources. I find free e-books, sermons, videos, booklets, articles, blog posts, music and more. Some of the resources that I’ve come across online have been exactly what I needed to read at a particular time in life, and I feel that it’s only fitting to make these resources available to those who may come to my blog looking for insight on a particular topic.

So today, I formally welcome you to check out Where He Makes All Things Beautiful’s new resource library. Feel free to browse, explore and share. A friend of mine already started a book group from a great free resource she found there and it’s helping many of the women in a tremendous way. Also, if there is ever a particular topic you may be looking for Godly counsel or advice on, feel free to comment somewhere on the blog or use the Say Hello feature to ask me. More than likely, I know of something that can help.

God bless you and have an awesome day!

Brittany

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Draw Me Nearer – A 7-day Journey of Seeking Christ

Hello my dear friends,

I hope that your new year has been wonderful thus far. I am so excited to see the year 2013 and I am expectant for all that God will do! I wanted to come to you to share a project that I’m facilitating this coming week called Draw Me Nearer.

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For the past month, God has been placing people in my life who are looking for Him. They’ve grown up knowing Him but at some point, their relationship with Him has fallen off or for some, it never started. They’ve been lacking intimacy in their relationship with Him and they need revival. So, I asked God to help me really help people to know Him the way that I’ve gotten to know Him. For them to feel the Spirit stir inside them when they pray and worship. For them to hunger and thirst for Him to the point that it hurts. For them to be so in love that they just want to sit at His feet and pour their love on Him like oil. Intimacy is what I desire for them. 

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. – Psalms 63:1-3 KJV

Last week while praying via telephone with some friends in Maryland, God gave me an idea. The idea was to facilitate a 7-day project where participants would intentionally seek God by fasting from media and committing to studying a topic or book of the Bible, praying in the morning as well as through the day, writing in journals and joining prayer calls. He also gave me the idea to gather a group of my friends who have a gift for intercession to fervently pray over the project, as well as each participant. Thus, Draw Me Nearer was born. I am excited because in the last 7 days, over 60 people from 4 countries and on 3 different continents have signed up. People who barely know God to those who have been walking with Him for years. People desire intimacy and a real knowledge of who God is, and it’s beautiful! The journey starts on Sunday, January 6th and I know that God is going to move in a mighty way. We’ve been praying that we would encounter Him in a way that we never have before. I thank God for giving me the ideas as well as the resources to make this happen and I feel so very blessed to be used. 

If you desire to cut out distractions and want deeper intimacy in your relationship with Christ, this might be something for you! If you would like to join in, simply fill out this form and I’ll be glad to e-mail you the details that you need to join in. This is for anyone who desires a closer walk with Christ. 

I ask that you all would keep me as well as the project and each participant in heavy prayer, that the Lord’s will would be done and that He would show Himself mighty and strong in the lives of us all this coming week. 

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13 KJV

Sincerely,

Brittany