What length would you go to do God’s Will? Would you give up everything you have to follow Him? Would you leave your family and/or possessions to follow Jesus? If God told you to give up whatever you’re doing now, to follow Him right now, would you? If God asked you to give your money away, even if you have only a little, will you trust Him and give it away?
We can get very occupied by the things of the world, whether it’s money or possessions. We don’t want to give our things away but instead want it all to ourselves. A lot of people are driven by money and making more than enough money – while that is good at times, we can lose our focus on God and turn to money to sustain us. This then becomes an idol. Anything we put before God becomes an idol. I see it in my everyday life people driven by money, focusing only on that to survive – and again, yes I understand you do need money to buy food and every day needs but in Matthew 6:25-33 says:
‘“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.‘
Everything we have God has given us and we can trust that He will provide for us and look after us. He will provide our needs. We are so valuable to Him and we need to let go of what our primary focus is if it isn’t God.
‘“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.‘ Matthew 6:24
So if God has already given us what we have and more, wouldn’t we give up everything for Him? Wouldn’t we take up our cross and follow Him as He asks?
‘Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. ‘ Matthew 16:24
Are we willing to be persecuted? Are we willing to get teased at school? Are we willing to lay down our lives? Are we willing to do these things for Jesus’ name? There are many followers of Christ in many countries getting killed for their belief, getting tortured for Jesus. The Bible doesn’t say this road will be easy and it says we will be persecuted, living in a first world country, we don’t experience much of this, we don’t experience how severe it does get. What happens here in Australia, as far as I know, we can’t talk about God in schools, there is no RE (Religious Education), some schools ban any involvement with Christian organisations and so on. I know that it’ll only get worse and I’m sure there are different cases around Australia of more things happening because of someone’s belief, and I would really love to hear some stories about it. A lot of us are very scared to admit we are Christians to our friends, in case they laugh at us or mock us. For me, I get teased by my older brothers and a few family members mock my faith, it used to bother me heaps but I’ve learnt to not worry about it but have the courage to stand my ground and not be knocked down. I have seen miracles, I have seen healing, I have seen God work in so many ways in my life where I cannot doubt His existence anymore. Like I should not be alive, I know I’ve said that so many times but I shouldn’t be here breathing today and here I am. I’ve had such awe-struck encounters and everything I’ve been through I wouldn’t have been able to go through that without God. So from everything I can’t doubt Him. Still I can struggle with being open about my faith in a few circumstances which I am trying so hard to overcome. I don’t know why it has become such an “uncool” thing to admit your faith or why it has become so hard for us to be open about it.
Would you give up your time to serve? Would you give up your time to just catch up with someone who God places on your heart, on a regular basis? Would you just give up your time? We live in a time structured society where everything is to schedule, we schedule people in our weeks- I am guilty of this, we schedule our time with God, we just get so caught up with “time” and when we do have spare time, we don’t use it for good – most of the time. Confession – when I have free time (which is hardly ever now) I just watch Netflix when I could be spending time with God a lot of the time I don’t make time for God, I don’t set aside time where I can just be intimate with Him and seek His will. Instead I use my time selfishly. Is anyone else guilty of this? Or is it just me? I know I haven’t spent enough time with God when I’m starting to feel run down, angry, when I have no patience, when my depression takes a turn, or when I can’t function and a lot of the time I continue to just spiral down but now that I am aware of what does happen when I don’t spend time with God daily, I’m able to stop myself and go to God.
I often ask myself at what cost? What would I do for God if He asked me to do it. And I would love to just be willing to do anything for God and I say that I would lay my life down for Him. But if it came to that point, would I? Would you? Jesus went through so much in His life for our sake, He was hung on that cross, He died for us. He was beaten for us. Everything He did in His life, He did for us. He asks us to take up our cross and follow, so will we? Will I?
What will you do?
Just an update about what’s happening in my life currently and just an update about my last blog A Christian living with depression? in that I talked about how I’m struggling with depression still and that I have been struggling quite a bit. It’s an insight with what is going on in my mind. It’s really deep, so if you haven’t read it, it might give you an understanding with my blogs. Anyway to get to the point, I am back on antidepressants and I’m starting to feel more at ease and I can function a bit better now, though it takes a few more weeks until it really kicks in and starts to work really well. The first few days being on it, I had a few side effects which was that the depression will worsen (it doesn’t happen for everyone) but I was a bit suicidal and really wanted to self harm. It was pretty dark, I had to be very determined to keep my eyes on God and sit in His presence. Last week I was able to share a bit of my testimony to group of amazing people which the Holy Spirit lead and it was just so amazing. Have also been injured for nearly 3 weeks now, I can’t properly straighten my knee, and have been in so much pain. I have had an X-ray and an ultrasound on it and it came up with nothing, which is a good thing but really want to know whats wrong with it. The enemy has really been attacking a lot of people lately and this is just the start, found out today that one of my friends in the dance ministry is now also experiencing pain in her knee and can’t straighten it. We have a schools tour coming up soon and so not being able to practice dancing at 100% is really hard. Have also been having bad migraines again which isn’t a good sign as last year I ended up in hospital because of it but believing in total healing! God is good