I believe everyone would agree that God’s will for our life is the best. I will go out on a limb, and think everyone reading this has a passion to be in the center of God’s will. What becomes interesting is how little we simply ask the Lord what His will is. We want God to bless our decisions but we want them to be just that “our” decisions.
Promises are important things not to be easily or quickly broken. As a parent, I have learned that promises mean something to my children. If I say I am going to do something, they expect me to do it. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, I don’t always come good on my promises. There has likely never been an individual in all of history (expect Christ) who has been able to keep all their promises perfectly.
We often sing the hymn ‘I surrender all’. “ALL to Jesus I surrender ALL to Him I freely give. I will ever love and trust Him. In His presence daily live. I surrender ALL, I surrender ALL. ALL to thee my blessed Savior, I surrender ALL.” We sing the words, utter them, or think on them, but are we really surrendered all the way? Does God really have all of us?
I used to love playing with magnifying glasses. Burning ants, catching things on fire, and other fun pyro antics usually is what I used my magnifying glass for. The true purpose of the magnifying glass is to magnify (deep I know). It brings things into focus that otherwise would be difficult or impossible to see.
Sincerity is not enough when it comes to following the Lord. There are many today who express interest in worshiping the Lord and serving Him, but they want to do it on their own terms. It may be that they have never taken the time to ascertain the truth, and are just attempting to please the Lord by doing what they believe is right. There are people who rejoice and believe they are doing a work for God, and yet they are far from where God wants them to be.
Sometimes ‘our’ ministry or place of service can seem rather insignificant. Maybe you have wondered if you are even making a difference. After all, it is just a “small” ministry. Thankfully God’s Word declares that there are no small ministries or unimportant aspect to the local body of Christ, the church.
Recently, I heard a song that was a blessing to me entitled “Blessings”. The Lyrics go like this (I encourage you to hear the song here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQan9L3yXjc:
We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things
“What if you woke up this morning and had only the things you thanked God for yesterday?” – Max Lucado
It is not often a health practice to look at your past and ponder, “what could have/ would have been if…”. Usually this line of thinking leads to discouragement, as we tend to think of negative decisions that impacted our life. Sometimes this exercise can be good and healthy though when considering spiritual things. To ponder the question, “what might have been if: I surrendered to the Lord fully last year? I trusted God with my finances when I was younger? I was more faithful in my devotions last month?”
Sin is absolutely devastating to any life. The effects are deep and have major consequences. A casual examination of those who are anti-God and fully engrossed in sin, shows some depressing results.