This morning I was reading through a plan I’m doing in my YouVersion Bible app on My Utmost For His Highest. In it, the author states:
“Our ordinary and reasonable service to God may actually compete against our total surrender to Him.”
I believe that one of the most threatening things to radical Christian faith in the United States is comfort and complacency. We tend, even with the best of intents, to play it safe. If you’re going to church on Sunday and taking your kids to Awanas on Wednesday, you’re doing it right. We have genuinely convinced ourselves that this “pouring out” and “sacrifice” of giving up a minuscule fraction of our weekend and making it out of the house on a week night is what the Christian life is all about. But here we sit, barely changed and hardly effective and other than a few blocked off hours in our schedule, not much different than anyone else.
While from a human vantage point we may be able to easily convince ourselves that what we are doing is best because emotionally we love the Lord and logically it makes sense – genuine relationships are not built nor kept on emotion nor logic, but rather choice. We must make the choice to embrace the calling that the Lord has placed on each of our lives to truly live out all we were created to do. I do not want to look back at the end of it all and see everything that could have been different had I said, “Yes, Lord.”
Good is bad when it keeps you from the best.
Instead of making rational decisions and asking God to bless them, we should pray that God lead us to make radical decisions where the outcome can only be accomplished because His hand is in it.
My devo also stated – “We find faith not only believing what Jesus says, but, even more, by trusting Jesus Himself…Once we see Jesus, the impossible things He does in our lives become as natural as breathing.”
I think if we were all just a bit more focused on loving Him and being loved by Him so that we could become more like Him, we would be less concerned over the things that actually distract us from where we need to be. Because in reality, if loving and being loved is what we’re doing, then no task is too great. Our mindset shifts from, “What do I need to do?” to “What can I do for you?”. And instead of being afraid to ask the question, we beg for the answer.