When I read this prompt word, my mind immediately went to the profession of your faith scripture.
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”. Hebrews 10:23 KJV
Sharing the testimony of what God has done in my life, has come easily and has never felt like stepping out. He has done so much in my life that I can’t help but share. He has provided me the opportunity to share my faith with leaders, with the rich, and poor. He has let me talk with the family of newborns, and those about to have their last breath. I have shared with addicts, those who no longer want to live, and those fighting for their life. It has been an honor and blessing to share my profession of faith in helping them walk along in their journeys.
I have shared my story from many pulpits and stages. I have professed my testimony to raise money for causes I truly believe in to help others. I have prepared the story to share in such a way that donors want to give to a particular cause. They would give of their time, their resources, and from their pocketbooks to help others have an easier journey.
Yet, the times that my profession of faith has meant the most to me, was when I was doing it one on one with someone who needed what God has placed inside of me. There was never a question about stepping out in those moments. I saw the need, I felt God’s nudge, and I shared from His heart and mine. I just let God have His way, and stepping out came naturally.
I realize that stepping out in my profession is what I wanted to share. So often we are looking for a pulpit or stage to step out into. And God is saying “The world is your stage. Step out where I have you. I have you in your profession for a reason. There are people you will reach ‘out there’ that will never step foot in My House.”
There is a world that needs Jesus. People are everywhere, whether it is a coworker, a boss, a client, vendor, or someone that serves you as you go about your daily routine. God puts them in our path for a reason. Some people are there to grow us, and others we are called to help grow.
Stepping out in our profession means letting God use you, right where He has you. You probably will not need a microphone or a stage. You may not have to travel to another country or even leave the state. It may be sharing Jesus, but more often, it is acting like Jesus, not preaching that reaches people.
God will only require you to see the person in front of you, beside you, or coming up behind you as an opportunity. It could be sharing where He has helped you, how you made it through a difficult time. It may be vulnerability that you share to help someone else know they are not alone. It may be showing love to someone who acts unlovable. Or it could be giving time to someone who needs more time than you feel you have to give. It may be as easy as working with excellence in all you do. It will likely be, a small step on your part that has a dramatic impact on another person.
I think about those people in my life who stepped out and made a lasting difference. I have had a lot of Sunday School teachers, I remember a few but three stand out. None of them in their role as my Sunday school teacher, each in a public role who took time for a wayward girl, one as a mentor, one who took time to encourage me during a difficult time, and the third who took time to know me.
I can’t talk about those who made a difference in my life without mentioning one church leader that derailed my path. In her “worldly” profession she showed a very unchristian side to a girl who was already struggling with her faith. We all have to remember that people are watching our testimony. They are watching even when we are not trying to step out.
If you’re faith defines you, you are always on exhibit, in your profession and in every step of your walk. Our work on earth is part of our mission for God. When we step out for Him where we are, our profession can be a place where our profession of faith flows naturally. Our skills and abilities that He placed within us will shine with His glory when we step out in our profession.
This post is part of a 28 days series on Stepping Out inspired by the #Write28Days Blogging Challenge by Anita Ojeda.