Are you guarding something that matters to you?
Are you protecting something? A dream? An idea? A passion or God-given purpose?
Are you guarding something so fiercely that you might miss the invitation of God to join Him in the creating, the building, the revealing of something He intended for you to share with others?
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! (Luke 2:8-11)
Sometimes, when God shows up and calls us to join Him, we are terrified, aren’t we?
Not terrified so much of God’s appearing, but of His bidding:You want me to do what? You want me to write that, say that, share that, create that, proclaim that?
Suddenly, the very thing that defines us in the depth of our being frightens us beyond measure. Even in the presence of God. Perhaps especially in the presence of God. Because we know what He wants. We know what He is about to ask of us.
And it scares us.
Because it’s one thing to birth and grow an idea; it’s another thing altogether to invite the world in to see our creation, our art, our soul, our heart – our baby.
But the message is clear: Don’t be afraid! I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.
No, our dream is not the Savior come to earth, but it may be the reflection of Him that someone needs to see, to hear, to experience. The reflection of His truth or His grace or His goodness or His love or His hope or His presence.
For us, the good news is that it’s time to release our gift, our creation, our baby into the world.
Because it won’t be any of those things – truth, grace, goodness, love, joy, hope – unless like the shepherds we faithfully follow Him and share with everyone what we alone were designed to create.
For if we refuse. If we choose to guard our dream, our idea, our calling, our purpose. If we choose to perfect it rather than release it.
What joy will others be deprived of?
What beauty will others miss?
What goodness will others not witness?
What hope will others not receive?
What opportunities will we forfeit?
When God shows up we don’t need to be afraid.
When God calls us to the good works He prepared for us to do, He will provide us the means and the strength to do them. He has created each of us for such a time as this: a time when He shows up and whispers that our time is here. Our time is now.
Walk boldly and confidently with Him and bring forth the good works, the Good News, that a desperate world longs to know.
So, what is God asking you to release into the world? What’s holding you back from letting it go?