Today our Women’s Spring Challenge 20201 “Telling Your Story” Today’s lesson is about being reluctant to tell your story. Maybe your are like Jonah, being Reluctant to listen to God or reluctant to tell your story because you are reluctant to live in the light. Phil and are the type of people who loves a lot of light. The first thing we do each day is open all of the curtains in our house. Letting the light shine in so we can enjoy all the Blessings of the day.
Our Scripture for today is Luke 11:33 “33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.”
Sometimes we might not want to follow directions because we don’t understand why we must do something. We also might disagree about it, or we might even be afraid. That makes us reluctant to tell our stories and to hide our light in a secret place, so it is not seen.
The story of Jonah is an example of a reluctance. Jonah Chapter 1.
In the book of Jonah, we learn about a man named Jonah who didn’t want to do what God wanted him to do. He chose to disobey God, and he had consequences.
God wanted Jonah to go to a place called Nineveh, but Jonah didn’t want to go!
Well, God had an even bigger way to get Jonah’s attention! When Jonah refused to follow God’s directions, God used a giant whale to get his attention!
When Jonah was trying to run away from God, God used a whale to swallow Jonah! He stayed in the whale for 3 days and 3 nights. During that lonely time, Jonah did a lot of praying. He told God that he was ready to listen and that he would go to the city of Nineveh and let the people know that they needed to change their ways and follow God.
And do you know what? The people in the city listened to Jonah, and they asked God for forgiveness. They changed their ways and promised to live better lives and make better choices. God used Jonah to help save the lives of many people in the city of Nineveh.
God really needed Jonah’s help because He wanted to help the people of Nineveh. They were making bad choices and God wanted Jonah to go warn them and help them turn their lives around and worship God. Jonah didn’t want to go because he didn’t want to help the people that lived in Nineveh. He didn’t want to love them.
God helped Jonah learn a very important lesson about listening to and following God’s plans.
If we you are reflecting Christ in our hearts, then we are pursing holy, pure and just things. Our lives are a living example. Our hearts are either experience light or darkness, good or evil. Like Jonah, are you reluctant to tell your story because your are ashamed to admit to God that your light is hidden in a secret place. God already knows and like Jonah, He loves you and wants your light to shine so you are not reluctant to tell your story boldly!