Do you have a BUT? Don’t allow your BUT to get in your way. God has a mighty plan in store for your life. God can show you how to maximize the BUTs in your life.
2nd Kings 5:1 KJV Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.
We all have a “but” in our lives. The scripture says Naaman was a leader. Naaman was a man of honor. He had great nobility, we knew about his leadership. We heard about his successes. However, the text tags on this small three-letter word… “BUT” he was a leper. Naaman was the Colin Powell of his day, a hero to his king as well as the nation. Naaman was the man who had everything. BUT he had leprosy. Isn’t it amazing, that you can do so much in your life, and the “BUT” will try to get in the way of your accomplishments.
One year ago, the music industry lost another musical genius. Prince Rogers Nelson. With an impressive bio, this man influenced the music industry in such a way that to this day we can still sing verbatim, songs that he wrote back in the late 70’s and 80’s. It’s amazing, that although his music vitae was so phenomenal, his lyrics controversial, after a long investigation it was concluded precisely how he died. And so now his life story reads, he was a musical genius, creator of songs like Little Red Corvette, U Got the Look and 1999… BUT he died of a drug overdose. All of Prince’s musical accomplishments came down to one word… BUT!
My question to you today is what is your ‘BUT’ ? Can you can talk about your “BUT ” and relate to /minister to/approach others from THAT place? The place of your testimony? The place where God stepped in and pulled you up? If we did, so many people would be more patient , more loving, more kind and more understanding with others.
When we change the trajectory of our piety, yield to God’s ministering power, delivering power, and saving grace; the place where only He can minister, the place of our hurt, the place of our pain, the place of our mourning, the place of our frustration, perhaps our testimony will be able to help somebody else. I’m talking about the real testimony. Not the testimony that’s spell checked and edited before you say it. Not the testimony that’s user friendly and sounds good to the ears… not that one. But the ugly one, the one that if you could wrap it up and put it in a safe deposit box where only you knew the key code… that testimony! That’s the place where God gets His glory!
Your BUT is your testimony! If you can get yourself to the place to just talk about your “but”, there would be no room for your haters, for exposure, for gossipers, for extortioners, and the list could go on! God has got your covered!
The church, just like urgent care facilities should be a place for the sick to come and get well, for the broken-hearted to come and get mended, for the unloved to come and receive love. The church should be the place where there are those that through the power of the Holy Ghost can pray for someone in despair and they receive hope. The church should be a place where when the world has blocked them out, they can feel apart of something awesome! Something transformative! Their minds would be renewed because of the power of the Most High God!
But what has become popular is recalling the accomplishments of people and then tagging on a “BUT” on the end of a life resume! Don’t allow your “BUT” to be the end of your story… but the beginning! Talk about your “BUT”! God is in that!
Romans 3:22-23 New International Version (NIV)This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
The whispers among many sound similar to these conversations:
Oh him, he’s a pastor, and has a beautiful wife … BUT he used to have a mistress too!
Her, oh, she’s a politician and a mother to three beautiful children BUT she’s an alcoholic.
Now they’re a power couple and the children are in an Ivy League school BUT, the wife is battling depression.
Yeah, I know, he’s a prominent lawyer, BUT he still went to counseling for anger management.
She’s an activist and a philanthropist BUT she has charges pending in criminal court.
Sometimes people get stuck on the “BUT” and negate all the bountiful accomplishments, the blessed life, and the story before the “BUT”. Yet that’s the place where God shows up! Your “BUT” is a testimony!
God wants to use the “BUT” in your life so that others can see His glory! Your “BUT” is your testimony; the place where God showed up and changed the lyrics to your song, changed the ingredients to your recipe. Consider your story today. Consider how your “BUT” can edify man and glorify your Father which is in heaven. No one can change your testimony. No one “BUT” you.
~Monday is still coming.