Thursday, April 23, 2009

Arise and Go

This is where I want to be: I want to sense God's leading in a moment and in the next obey. I know by the power of His Spirit it is able to be done. A number of times in scripture we read of individuals who were instructed by God to do something or go somewhere and without a fight they simply obeyed.

Take Philip for instance. One minute he is in one city. God tells him through an angel to arise and go south along the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza (Acts 8:26). Do you know what he did? "So he arose and went." Five simple words--he got up off the couch and started moving. Granted an angel told him what to do--which I hope that if I experienced an actual appearance from an angel I would also obey. Hello! But he just obeyed. That is the sensitivity I long to have.

I want to know His voice even more personally. I desire to be in such communion with Him that regardless of my feelings--which are ever-changing and unstable at best--I would simply obey. (Which, coincidentally, is the mantra of my church right now--simple obedience.) But if we want to know His voice then we have to seek His heart.

Maybe you are thinking, "Why would I want to be at the beckon call of God? I have my life to live. Things to do. People to see. Adventures to take." Friend, I am telling you from my heart, there is no life more fulfilling, more abundantly rich, than a life in submission to your Creator. He knows you better than you know yourself. He designed you with intricate detail and purposeful precision. He can be trusted with your deepest fears and most tender desires.

I have said it before--I am just like you. Though the details of our lives are different, I face the same basic challenges. I have to work to forgive. I have to wrestle through self to show unconditional love. I have to preach to my spirit so I do not fall prey to fear. And I have tasted and seen the goodness of God. He is worthy. His plans for you, in spite of circumstance, are good. He can make you an overcomer.

In the wise words of Christian rap artist Lecrae (yes, I'm addicted to his rhymes), "I've never seen a lazy boy grow." It is the moments that ultimately count. Fight for the life He has promised. Arise and go.

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1 comment:

Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

I am sitting in the condo and Georgia Harvey just mentioned that you have a blog, so here I am. Fun, fun. :)

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