This word has been sitting in my spirit for a few months, and I feel like today there is an important meaning for us. God has given each of us a unique and specific purpose. That’s why we are on the planet. That’s why we are in the kingdom. Because he has a plan for us, a kingdom plan that will impact lives and bring hearts into relationship with him.
Now, don’t dismiss me. Don’t do it. This message is for every one of us. And that means you. There is a call, an assignment for you and I sense it’s actually a “right now” assignment. No more waiting until COVID is done, the election is over and 2020 finally comes to a freakin’ end. Nope. Your assignment is ready for you today. It’s time to close the gap.
This phrase, “close the gap” has been nagging me for a while. It has several meanings, but today I want to consider the “gap” as the distance between where you are and where you are headed. It’s the space between what God shows you or puts on your heart and the actual “doing” of that thing.
We need to receive this word without condemnation or shame (I’m talking to myself here!) and receive his encouragement. This is actually a difficult message for me as I have a real problem with procrastinating. Many times God puts someone or something on my heart and weeks later I realize I haven’t followed through. This is the gap the Holy Spirit is talking to us about today. I believe he is saying that the Church has let 2020 be their excise for putting important things on hold and not taking action when opportunity–or a simple nudging from the Holy Spirit–arises.
People needs us, friends. Our neighbors and family members are hurting. They are lonely, afraid, sad and depressed. Just this week I read about a 70-year-old woman in my neighborhood who committed suicide. I didn’t know this woman, but I’m telling you, it hit close to home and grieved my heart. It is time. I have several people on my mind that I have “meant” to reach out to and a couple of ideas that could bring joy and refreshment to some people I know. I bet you do, too.
Hebrews 10:24 is a great starting point: Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love. (Hebrews 10:24) There’s a powerful strategy here: be creative, encourage others, show compassion, do beautiful works as expressions of love. So beautiful and so powerful.
Friends, I hope this encourages and motivates you this week! Let’s close the gap together and make this our theme verse for the rest of 2020. God has a plan and a purpose for you in this time. Meditate on this verse and let him show you exactly what that is.