I have to believe God isn’t done with me. When we begin wondering whether we are of any use anymore, fear has slipped in and we are very close to the end, to giving in completely. So I arise and start my day by asking God, “What is Your Will for me, today? And where shall I go? Whom shall I serve? And help me to love with each step, today, Lord.” I think God will always honor these requests.
Here’s the problem with most of us… certainly, it is with me: my pride crushes my humility. I want praise, I want power, I want glory, I want all these things that – not only do I NOT deserve – but that aren’t meant to be mine. And yet, in complete submission to God’s Holy Spirit, the battle will turn drastically from pursuing these things to deflecting them off me. I’ll find praise and have to constantly point to my heavenly Father. I’ll find Power in my knowledge of God and His wisdom. People will shower me with Glory and it won’t feel right.
I DON’T MATTER. Listen, that sounds like a horrible thing to say, but hear me out for a moment. We matter to God – that, we MUST understand. Why else would He sacrifice His only Son for even the chance that we might believe? But we must come into a place of understanding where we are able to embrace this approach to life where not only do we grasp that we don’t matter to this world BUT also a place where we simply do not care! When you can live your life in such a manner as is pleasing to God, you’ll begin to stop caring what others think – or what your personal stamp on this fallen world may (or may not) be. The truth is this: I care what you think because I’m not yet living a life fully in tune with God’s Holy Spirit. My Spirit Life isn’t where it should be. I am seeking a world’s approval – the very corrupt world that I’m trying to witness to – and that’s messed up. Like the police officer asking the criminal just before he arrests him, “Do you think I’m good at my job? What do you think? Am I having an impact, here?” People who aren’t concerned with other’s opinion of them, personally, are in many ways on far more stable ground, spiritually, because they are either likely more tuned in to God’s voice and don’t really hear any other voice outside of His OR… they have compassion issues! Listen, what voice are you listening for in the morning when you awake? Who’s voice is the last whisper your hear before slipping off into sleep? Most importantly – what voice do you instantly recognize, especially in a moment of trial or crisis? We must train ourselves to hear God’s voice above everything. We must learn to hear His voice first, last and always most.
I have to know that God is not finished with me. Why? Because I still listen for His voice and… I hear Him telling so. If He is who I’ve believed Him to be (and more) then I must simply decide to believe Him when He says so. Despite what the world tells me – that I’m used up, insignificant, not talented nor smart enough to ever have any sort of meaningful impact – the Lord reminds me not to focus on small stuff like that. Just head out in the direction that His Spirit points me in and the rest of His plan will pert much fall into place. Sometimes I listen better when I just sit still and hear Him speak. And what He’s telling me today is good enough for me. Peace, Sean Gutteridge
1 Thessalonians 5:23-25
23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
25 Brothers, pray for us.