I woke up today feeling a little unusual and I realized it was because of something I had resolved to do last night. I put on my garment of thanksgiving and I got myself going through a lot of helpful material that I thought would be nice to share.
Today’s piece is not the normal kinds of boy girl relationships but it’s far much better. It’s about the only relationship in our lives that count(well this will only make sense to those who are born again and are out to live their lives for God.)
Today I want us to place our hearts right with God and learn to endeavour to follow after the heart of God.
Life is all about choosing the things that matter most and those that cannot be taken away from us. It is about standing tall, as different as you are and choosing to be the one who picks the decision that many may not understand because you are following after God and what He desires for you. Take Luke 10:38-42…the story of Martha and Mary where how Martha got upset because Mary sat at the feet of Jesus other than helping her prepare a meal for Jesus. Having a delicious meal for Christ was a great thing. In fact it was going to be so bad if the two hosts had very bad food for Jesus to eat. But Mary at that particular moment discerned the season and time, and chose to sit at the feet of Jesus so she could chew on spiritual food that would last her a lifetime. When you make choices that upraise God,he makes them count at the end of it all.
Many times we are faced by very big challenges that really weigh us down. I have had times where I felt like being a follower of Christ was the worst decision I ever made but guess what, it didn’t move God. It didn’t change who God says He is. It’s very important for you and me as believers to learn to face life and it’s challenges with a heart full of devotion to God. Because no matter what situation you are in,as long as you are alive, your life counts and it counts in a very huge way.
We must develop an art of discerning times and what is required of us by God. Set our priorities right as far as the things of God are concerned and make choices that will count. Let us not be busy following our routines or doing things for God that we forget to actually spend time with Him. Choosing God and His ways deepens our devotion to Him.
You may ask yourself, am a busy person,i have a job, I have school work to do,am a pastors kid I have responsibilities in church and all other important things that need your attention. How then are you able to know where to place your priorities and how to actually be available every time God needs your attention. The following guidelines might help.
- Choose God’s way every opportunity you get.
Read proverbs 3:6 and you will see that there is a double entry relationship between us and God as far as our roles are concerned. Our part as His children is to acknowledge God every time and His part is to direct our paths. Take this example for instance, when you are going about your daily routine and your colleague says or does something nasty to you, what should your reaction be. Stop, think and check in with God. Ask Him what He expects of you in that moment. He in return will direct your path. That response therefore will be exactly what you need to remain sober and exude the character of God.
- Commit yourself to God daily.
We must make a deliberate decision to offer God a fresh commitment everyday. This will strengthen our devotion to Him. We cannot ride on stale commitment. It is exhausting to try and operate on a level that has been passed by time. It is like trying to start a fire using friction method yet we now have match sticks to use. Commitment then requires us to verbally tell God that we surrender everything about us to Him. When I say everything I mean everything, every aspect of our lives withholding nothing at all. God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life that is wholly yielded to Him. This kind of thing refreshes your strength and zeal to go after God.
- Cultivate a hot heart for the things of God.
Having a do or die attitude as far as the things of God are concerned is necessary. In Revelation 3:15-16 we are warned against being lukewarm Christians. To fully be in pursuit of God we must not mind the norms and do what we know counts in the Kingdom. Ensure that the fire of God in you is evident and it affects those around you. A good friend of mine Charles Arnold is particularly very cautious about being Hot for God. He doesn’t do anything halfway. If he is asked to pray He prays as if it is the last time. He reminds me everyday that being lukewarm for a believer is never an option. One thing he said one time that really got my attention was this… “you cannot blame anyone for failing to be a person of impact. ” this reminded me that to be a person of influence, I have to purpose to be Hot for God and do all I can to diligently follow after God and what He wants. You can either be hot or cold. Choose God and tirelessly follow Him or choose to be unaware or unconscious of God and stay that way. But do not be in between. Being lukewarm is being indifferent towards God and this will cause Him to vomit you.
I hope you learnt something from this piece. Like, leave a comment and share with other believes who want to pursuit God and have a fruitful encounter with Him everyday.