Today I’m excited to share an excerpt from my friend Sarah Francis Martin’s new book called Just Rise Up! Read an inspiring message from Sarah below, and don’t forget to check out her new book!
I sat in the corner of my house one Saturday morning with my Bible and a piece of paper.
I didn’t know it at the time, but that piece of paper would prove to change the course of my faith journey.
It was a 24 hour prayer chain, and it was my hour to sit and call out to God in prayer and worship. Our group was desperate to hear from God, to be changed by His power, to make a difference in our surrounding city.
Right smack in the middle of the Scripture list on that piece of paper was Psalm 145. I searched out this Psalm and something clicked.
Pour out the fame of the Lord.
I moved forward from that Saturday morning with a passion in my heart to do life differently. Specifically, this was the time to RISE UP! and make Jesus famous with every square inch of my life. But something struck my attention as I continued studying Psalm 145 in the days that followed.
It takes a heart of humility to recognize His fame above my own plans and agenda.
This new found passion for my faith required that I bow low before I rise up. I must put aside my own ideas before I join in on Kingdom efforts to love and serve and worship the Lord.
John the Baptist said it beautifully: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30 NKJV).
~He must increase in my heart as my King and ultimate authority.
I must decrease and relent my stubborn ways of running my own life.
~He must increase in my mind as I praise Him in every situation.
I must decrease in my spoiled complaining and whining throughout my day.
~He must increase in my life as I look to please Him in everything I do.
I must decrease as I evaluate the ways I spend my time and look for happiness.
Humility goes against the grain of society, as we daily participate in acts like celebrity worship. It also goes against our own personal, human tendencies. We are taught to look out for ourselves and to elevate and “puff up” our image. Ironically, it takes a lot of effort to keep up with this cultural and personal agenda of making our own names famous.
Putting others’ needs above our own is tough work, too. But it relieves us of the pressure of performance.
Yes, bowing low before Jesus in submission to His ultimate authority puts us in a posture of vulnerability. But Scripture clearly states that the King of the universe, the God almighty, raises up those who bow before Him in every part of their life.
In order to RISE UP!, I encourage you to decrease.
It will be uncomfortable.
But let’s get on our knees. Let’s get on our faces before the Lord. And let’s set our hearts in a place that makes us ready to allow Him to work through us.
Will you join in on this Kingdom economy of increase and decrease? Oh how exhilarating it is to be released from the burden of self focus. How can you bow low today for the fame of your Jesus?
Excerpt from Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous by Sarah Francis Martin. Download a FREE Chapter from all three new Inscribed Studies Here. (No email required)
Sarah Francis Martin is a wife, mother, friend, mentor, author and wanna be artist. She has a passion to ignite this generation to get up off the couch of complacency, and do life differently for God’s kingdom. When she is not typing away at her laptop, you can often find Sarah on date nights with her husband, rough housing with her young son, or getting her hands messy with craft paint. She is the author of Just RISE UP!: A Call To Make Jesus Famous.