ENLARGING GOD'S KINGDOM SERIES: TOMI COMFORTS
Updated: Mar 23
I am very happy to share my first interview for my ‘Enlarging God’s Kingdom Series’, I know it was a while ago that I mentioned about this. However, with settling back into University Life, I was not ready yet to publish this. But, I promise you that I am back and consistent, so, stay tuned for more interviews in this series, I hope and pray that your lives will be transformed and minds will be opened.
I first discovered her on Caitlin Nunez’s Instagram Profile, Caitlin was a guest on one of Tomi’s podcast episode and being a fan of Caitlin’s, I knew I had to listen in. The title of the Podcast was Christian Girls and Crushes, at the end my eyes were wide opened and I felt refreshed. These are young, God-fearing women changing the Christian Community by giving raw and pure messages. After listening to this Podcast episode, I was obsessed with Tomi, I started to read all her blog posts on Wordpress, my favourite one had to be Overcoming Hurt and Disappointment, an emotional but amazing message.
With my ‘Enlarging God’s Kingdom Series’ I knew my first interviewee had to be Tomi Comforts because she is a testimony of this. She is actively enlarging God’s Kingdom through her heart-shaking messages on both her blog and podcasts and she believes so strongly in establishing God-fearing, confident women.
I asked her a total of 6 questions concerning her spiritual journey, relationship with God and her calling/purpose.
Hope you enjoy reading from this woman of God.
1. When did you dedicate your life to God and what made you want to do this?
I gave my life to Christ when I was 15. I remember being in my room, randomly opening my bible to the book of Romans and every day after that: reading a chapter or verse. Despite responding to various alter calls, I failed to take it seriously nor did I feel at the time that it change my life or my reality. I believe what truly changed my life was reading the word of God and progressively understanding the personhood of God. Even though I didn’t know at the time, The Holy Spirit was instrumental in teaching me who God was and also helping me to apply The Word to my life. So it was no longer flat text, it became alive. I can recall moments when I would read Romans and learn about forgiveness or dying to self, I would desire to live out what I read and that had to be the work of The Holy Spirit.
2. If you could describe your relationship with God in three words, what would they be?
1, H.O.T - Honest, Open and transparent. There are seasons where my prayer time is literally me saying GOD! And shedding real tears. I am not afraid to share my struggles, my questions, my pain and my fears with him.
2, Fun - we have real banter. Talking to him just during my day, He is like a 24/7 best friend sometimes.
3, Difficult - Trusting God can be difficult in seasons where I don’t know what He is doing or why He is doing it. There are painful seasons where the last thing I want to do is read my word or pray. But, then life becomes even more difficult without Him and I have to communicate and process the pain with him and trust again.
3. What do you believe is your God-given calling and how did you discover this?
My God-given calling is to obey. To wake up daily and say yes to his will no matter what it looks like, no matter how uncomfortable it may seem. Power in the kingdom is not based on ability but availability. This truth set me free and realigned my focus from chasing after position, title or money to just trusting and obeying God.
Like the old hymn calls us to :
Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
4. Did any difficulties concerning your relationship with God stop you from wanting to enlarge God’s kingdom?
I would say difficulties in my relationship with God are caused when I take my eyes off Jesus. When I start to look at other people and compare myself, my purpose or even my service to theirs. I have had to learn to be intentional about looking only to Jesus to be the author and finisher of my faith. Whether it looks like taking a break from social media, spending time in prayer or having vulnerable conversations with my community of friends so they are able to encourage and correct me.
5. How do you plan to continue enlarging God’s Kingdom?
I believe my biggest personal contribution to the kingdom is my ensuring I live a life worthy of the gospel. I never want my life to be a contradiction to my faith.
Enlarging the kingdom for me primarily looks like serving at my local church and discipling my mentees.
I have a podcast series coming out in November titled Overcoming. We will be exploring overcoming loneliness, heartbreak, hurt and disappointment etc.
6. What advice would you give to any young Esthers out there?
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” - Esther 4:14
Young Esther, do not remains silent in the face of injustice. Do not remain silent when faced with compromise Do not remain silent when your voice is required. In a world full of so much darkness, your stand, your voice and your action is the light the world needs. Don't just speak about the change you want to see, become the change the world needs. God is bringing a revival and the difference between being part of it or just an onlooker is your yes.
Hope you have enjoyed reading this interview! I will be publishing my 2nd interview as part of my 'Enlarging God's Kingdom Series' over the next couple of weeks! Stay tuned!
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