For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
Philippians 2:13 NLT
I felt the Lord tell me to start a work bible study.
I had been praying for a long time for God to give me people in my life that I could learn and grow with in my Christian walk. I’d also been praying for family members and co-workers to have their own personal relationships with God and was getting the sense that there were conversations that God wanted me to have with the people around me. I was praying for a way to start those conversations and I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me to start a bible study at work.
At first when the idea came to my mind, I questioned whether it truly was from God or if it was from my own mind so I sat on it for a few days, but the more I thought about it and the more I prayed about it, the stronger the desire grew.
I had so many questions about how it would even work. I had no experience leading a bible study. The only small group experience I had was when I did MOPS a few years back and I had none of the resources that they had.
Where would we meet?
What topics would we cover?
How would I get materials needed?
Who would want to participate?
Even with all of those questions and so many doubts about my capability, there was one lesson that stood with me. If this was truly from God and something that He was leading me to do, then He would be with me and give me the strength that I need. (Isaiah 41:13, Philippians 4:13)
So I jumped in.
Even though my heart was racing, my palms were sweaty, and I felt sick to my stomach, I sent an email out to my co-workers about my idea to start a work bible study and the response was promising. I had 10 people respond to my email with excitement and enthusiasm and I knew I was on the right path.
One Step At a Time
“Now what?” I thought.
“What are the next steps?”
I was praying for God to reveal to me a blueprint of what I should do. Every time I prayed, I was expecting a detailed plan so that I would know exactly what to do, but it seemed as though God was only interested in giving me just enough information to move forward, one step at a time.
So that’s what I did.
With each step and each decision that needed to be made, I prayed about it and did my research, but I never felt like God was giving me confirmation that those were the “right” decisions. I could have allowed that to keep me stuck, but I knew I needed to keep moving forward and that God would open the right doors.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
James 1:5 NLT
We had our first meeting in January and I was so nervous because I had no idea what I was doing. Out of the 10 people who responded, there were only 3 of us at the first meeting but when we got together, each of us knew that it was exactly what we needed in our lives.
So far we’ve met together a few times and each time I’ve had a plan in place but instead everything we’ve done has been unscripted and not at all what one would consider a traditional bible study but God is unlocking something within us that is indescribable. We’ve known each other as co-workers for years but God is developing a new friendship and level of trust in each other. God is doing something far beyond just a bible study, He is changing our lives.
I don’t know what God has planned for this bible study, whether it will grow in numbers or even continue but I do know that something is happening and it is good.
I am so thankful that I was able to trust God and move forward, stepping into the unknown because in just a short time, I can already see the good that has come from being obedient. I am looking forward to seeing where all of this leads.
“Our job is obedience. God’s job is results.” ~Lysa TerKeurst