My a-ha! moments
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
I was speaking to Pastor Jon today. I really thank God so much for great leaders in my church. Just like Solomon, I feel he can answer any question. Nothing that I ask is too difficult for him to answer. (Read 1 Kings 10:3).
So, he says, all the work that I do is not work. It's worship. I love God, and so I desire to please Him. I need to keep my eyes on the prize. Don't stop looking at God, because that is precisely what the devil wants. "Look at you" he whispers. "You call yourself a Christian? Can you believe what you were thinking? You don't even practice what you preach". I'll never be good enough. I know this. And I can't say, "Ok, this is not my responsibility", because it is. But the distance between where I am now, and where I should be is called "Grace". Do I stop trying? No, I don't. But now the burden is lifted. Because what I do is not work. It's worship. I don't have to try so hard. I just have to look at the cross, and in light of what He did, what I need to do becomes easy. The other thing I realized is that I don't have the resources to be better. Only He does. I can't be more patient, gracious, kind or loving in myself. I need Him to give me those things.
My house mate asked me the other day why I put so many limitations on myself. Why do I bother with so many boundaries if it doesn't make me happy? Well, I think God is more interested in my character than He is in my comfort. He is a good God, and He wants good things for me. This, of course, needs to be seen in light of eternity. If I was only interested in my present state, the sky's the limit as to what I would be indulging in.Do hard things
. I like that. Shout out to daFunkyMonkey
for introducing me to the site. Why SHOULDN'T we be challenged? Why should we settle for mediocrity? Should we always give in to pleasure, laziness, and convenience? I should certainly hope not. C'mon, world. BRING IT ON!!!! No matter what you throw at me, there is nothing that my God cannot restore, redeem, and rebuild.
So, in summary:
Aha! moment #1: I need to keep my eyes focused on the prize instead of myself.
Aha! moment #2: I can't make myself better. Only Christ can save me.
Aha! moment #3: I can take on the world, because He has already overcome.