This weekend, I went to a Joyce Meyer Ministries conference. As a Christian woman, it might sound taboo that I’d never heard Joyce Meyer speak and I’d never read any of her books.
To be quite honest, I’d heard things about Joyce Meyer and I’d seen and read things about her that did not portray her in the best light. I won’t go into the specifics because that is not what I am here for. Long story short, I stayed away from any of her teachings. By the way, I don’t usually allow others to sway how I feel about people until I have discerned for myself, but I DON’T PLAY with what I allow into my spirit.
So, how did I end up there?
Answer: I was invited and besides Joyce, some of the guests included Priscilla Shirer, Natalie Grant, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Lisa Harper, and elevation worship. There was so much to soak in and take away.
Let’s just say, I’m glad I went.
It’s funny...With all of those wonderful speakers, the part that stood out to me most was from Joyce herself! It was a part called “the robot”.”
She spoke of how she woke up one day and realized that everyone in her life including her husband and children were having so much fun. They would enjoy their day all while she was the one who was cleaning, cooking and doing all of the work. When she thought those thoughts, God immediately spoke to her. He likened her to a toy robot that was wound up everyday by the devil. When she was finished being wound up, God saw her as a tiny robot that went about saying “what about me, what about me, what about me, beep beep!” Imagine that! That’s sounds pretty annoying to hear all day, right?
Joyce said a mouthful there and made me realize something though that analogy. Lately, I have been that robot! I’m single with no kids, but it seems like I have been doing so much for people and they’ve been enjoying the fruits of my labor all while I am over here sweating. In my mind, I’m like, don’t you see me working hard? How can I keep helping you when I need help? How can I keep giving when I don’t have much to give? How can I keep pouring when I need to be filled?
God answered that question through Joyce’s robot analogy. “Get yourself off of your mind and get it on what you can do for God.”
When we give our lives to Christ, we have to die to ourselves. As Christians, our goal is to be like Christ. Jesus was the #1 person who should have been saying “what about me.” He was innocent but because of his obedience, he became the ultimate sacrifice.
Do you remember the story of Elijah and the Widow. At the time, God had brought a drought to Israel. It was part of their judgement for their idolatry. The rain would not come until the prophet Elijah commanded it. So, Elijah was provided for during the drought. When Elijah meets this widow, he is thirsty and hungry. He asks the widow for some water and bread. The widow responds that she only has a handful of flour and a little cooking oil left before her and her son would sit and die. How could this woman give when she had so little?
Elijah responded, “For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be flour and olive oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!”
So even when it seemed that she didn’t have it to give, she gave what she had by faith. By being a blessing to someone else in need, she was abundantly blessed! She could have said, “what about me,” because she really didn’t know what would happen, but she chose to believe God.
So, if you’re at that point saying, “what about me,” remember that you always have something to give because God is the one who provides for you. It’s hard to ask God what you can do for others when you need help yourself, but as Joyce says, “faith is taking step one before knowing what step two is.”
You may not know how you will survive if you continue to give when your supply is low, but that is not for you to worry about. You might be tired, but God will give you strength. Just think about the times that someone blessed you. You don’t know what that person had, but you now how you felt receiving the blessing.
So friends, don’t always have yourself on your mind. See what you can do for God and watch what he will do for you!