I recently read a blog post by a young woman that made me want to examine my life like never before. In this post, she talked about all the things she wanted in her life, but before everything else, she wants Christ. She has realized the importance of surrendering her life to Christ and wanting Him more than this world.
Just think about this for a moment. Wanting Christ more than anything. More than owning a home, more than having a family, more than loving someone, more than having friends, more than enjoying a night out, more than the simple pleasures… Is it possible to want Christ more than these things that make us happy? I think it is. I KNOW it is.
My whole life I thought that I had truly understood what it meant to trust in God and be fulfilled in Him. The fact is, I didn’t. I am learning to understand it, but only for the first time. You see, I always found some fulfillment in trying to do things on my own. I wanted control of things. I was always trying to prove myself to the world. So much of me was wrapped up in temporary fulfillment. I thought that truly obeying God would mean I couldn’t have fun and do the things that I enjoyed. How wrong I was! I have since found that when I listen to His commands and honor them, He blesses me. He is showing me that living for Him is the fulfillment I seek.
When Christ calls you to go beyond the limits, He is calling you to trust and obey Him. He literally laughs at fear because He created the world. He looks to help His child if they stumble, not criticize them for falling like fear does.
This world is so grand and beautiful. Full of adventure that can entertain for years. The world is a large exploring ground. We can enjoy this amazing land that He has blessed us with. He calls us to be sowers of the land and to multiple the people. He also tells us to see the world as His masterpiece.
The thing is, not once does God ever tell us to conform to the world. We can be in it and enjoy it. We can even partake in it, yet when it begins to try to conform us than we must be strong in what we know. We must live knowing the marvelous world we live in is only the temporary stop on the way to Heaven.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” -Romans 12:2
Now, when you find that you obey God more and He is becoming all you truly ever wanted, the feeling of fulfillment is peaceful. No longer do I seek my pleasures in trivial and temporary things, but rather in things that are going to last. Things that will be forever.
In this life, you will find that only God is forever. Hebrews 13:8 says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” He is the only one who can promise true peace.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”-Romans 8:31
Soli Deo Gloria