I have had the best Christmas period and start to the New Year. I am courageous, I feel fulfilled, I am bold and I am prayerful. Without Christ I can do nothing. And with faithful friends and family I am truly blessed.
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
(Mark 10:25 NIV)
Here are things I’ve observed recently in my own personal journey with God:
- God requires faithfulness and obedience in the smallest ways. As much as in big ways, we’re called to do life with him daily.
- God wants obedience regardless of whether it seems easy or difficult to do. This is to do what he requires and as importantly to not overstep his loving boundaries for us – even if we’re already far into our wrong.
- We must look ahead to Heaven – our calling is to be His servants and faithful children
- We must not disqualify ourselves!
Let me demonstrate what I mean: for example, loving your neighbour. We feel within our rights to add an allowance ‘except for when you feel tired or irritated…’ or ‘except for when really and truly do actually want the bigger slice of cake for yourself!! (Been there before!)
In the Old Testamemt, we are told that God gave the Israelites the wonderful bread manna only daily. In the same way we should convenience ourselves with each day at hand. God tells us to focus on only one day at a time.
Ultimately Paul’s depiction of love in his first letter to the Corinthians gives us a very accurate picture of what true love looks like and it’s what God wants me to do, day or night, whether I’m in a bad mood or a good mood.
And I’ll do it simply because he wants to me to.
Let me love my Lord your God with all my heart and with all my soul and with all me strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV)
Yes, being a Christian and living daily for Christ is hard but so worth it, and I’m looking forward to the crown of life. I’m not on the fence anymore and I usher you to do the same.
God has given me the gift of Heaven and despite the turmoil life sometimes brings, there is so much beauty to see and joy to be had when you know, love and serve your Maker.
When we leave our comfort zones we grow. Thinking about times that I love to hit the snooze button simply because I can. I hope not to make an idol out of sleep but it can be all too easy. The Lord grants sleep to those he loves, right? Well, can you imagine, as much as I love sleep – and comfort – that Jesus left the splendour of Heaven – the ultimate paradise – to come down to this earth to come and save us as undeserving as we are – not owing him a thing.
Looking ahead to my church’s upcoming Invited series, I think there is something to be said to being made to feel uncomfortable – for the sake of growing personally. I feel more out of my comfort zone talking to people of a different demographic – it’s not as natural as it is for you to speak to those that look, speak, and think like you do. It is almost always automatic that it is easier to connect with people of the sane demographic or background as you. But I want to move out of my omfort zone if it means I can bless others.
There is also great blessing in unlocking your God-given potential. And I will share with you a picture that God recently gave me:
This picture is a vision of a shrub and underneath the soil surface there is more to the shrub that the shrub itself even knew about. Unconsciously hidden away is a mass of plant, representing it’s fullness, coming to realise its courage, beauty and strength. It is like that with us.We are braver, more beautiful and stronger than we imagine ourselves to be.