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Taking Jesus with You

Last week, Randy Frazee spoke at the International Christian Retailers Show in Orlando, and during his presentation, he told a story about a waitress he met while dining at a restaurant. They immediately struck up a conversation, and she began to tell him about a time when she was in prayer, complaining about her job, her co-workers, her work environment—everything involving her profession. She hated where she worked, she was exasperated by the customers, and didn’t like her boss either.

The bottom line? She didn’t want to go to work. She just didn’t want to go. She hated it. She needed something different, something better. But as she was lamenting about her impossible situation, Jesus spoke directly into her heart: “You may not want to go there, but I do! I can’t go there unless you take Me.”

Have you ever thought of yourself as a transportation method for Jesus? Have you grasped the words in Joshua 1:9 that say, “the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (emphasis mine)?

Because He really is. He’s really with you wherever you go.

1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”

If the Holy Spirit lives within you, it puts a greater emphasis on the saying that we are the “hands and feet of Jesus.” Particularly the “feet” of Jesus. For instance, have you felt Him prodding you to talk to that co-worker about Jesus? Have you wanted to strike up a conversation with your less-than-friendly neighbor but chickened out? Perhaps that’s God wanting you to walk over there so He can speak through you. But if you don’t go, how will He get there?

This isn’t to suggest that God is limited to the confines of our skin. But Randy Frazee’s words do remind us of our need to be bold and that God may have placed us in an unpleasant situation because it’s how He can introduce Himself.

Have you ever felt like the waitress in this story? Will thinking of yourself as Jesus’ mode of transportation change the way you approach the environments you don’t like?

About Samantha Arroyo

Samantha Arroyo
is a freelance writer and contract copywriter who lives in the seacoast region of New Hampshire with her husband, Eric-Thomas,of five years. She currently serves alongside her mother as the Marketing Director for God’s Girls Christian Store and More, a online retail store serving the southern New England region. Her work has been featured in several print and online publications, and she is the recipient of two Faithwriters’ Editors Choice Awards for her short stories, which are scheduled for publication in the Mixed Blessings series. Her first book, Fragile: 30 Days of Hope for the Anxious Heart, is now available at samanthaarroyo.com. She can be reached at samantha-arroyo@comcast.net.

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