Maybe you’re different from me. Perhaps you accepted Christ and immediately began serving Him with all your heart and never looked back. If that’s your story, then I envy you. My life hasn’t worked out that way. Since accepting Christ it’s been a roller coaster of obedience and outright defiance. Some days are better than others; honestly, some years are better than others. I’ve seen growth, sometimes in small increments, sometimes in leaps and bounds. Throughout the majority of my days has been this uncomfortable thread of sin. No matter how committed I’ve attempted to become, disobedience always seems to creep back in. Can you relate?
Sooner or later you come to the point when you have to draw a line in the sand and say, “No more! Enough is enough!” Maybe you’ve had this moment; maybe you’ve had many of these moments. We all want our lives to match the commitment our lips have made, and sooner or later we get fed up with our inconsistency and what we’ve allowed ourselves to become.
It’s in this moment of righteous indignation that we have the opportunity to have our lives forever altered. If we will humble ourselves and come broken before our King, He will give us the rest we are seeking. When we finally come to the moment of total surrender, it will truly be the day that turns our life around. Things won’t go perfectly from that point forward, but our attitude will be changed forever. There’s a mind shift that occurs, one only God can enable. This change allows us to see the world through His eyes. No longer will we be the aimless, selfless souls we have been. We can live with purpose, integrity and a true sense of mission.
I must admit that I’ve had to fail far too many times in order to reach the point where I was desperate enough for it to all finally click with me. God’s okay with us failing towards Him I think. I believe He sees our journey as a beautiful expression of our desire for Him. I’m not saying that the bumps along the way are appealing to His Holiness, but covered by the blood of His Son, I believe He rejoices in our struggle to come home (Luke 15:11-32).
Where are you on this journey? Do you still toy with the idea of discipleship, hoping it all works out someday? It’s not enough to strive to be a better follower of Christ. You have to desire Him with all of your heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:36-37). Sin must become so despicable to you that you want to vomit at the very thought of it.
We are a jaded and lazy generation. I am chief among that crowd. This only means we must fight harder to battle the lies of the enemy. Satan must become as repulsive to us as Jesus is beautiful. As long as we allow disobedience to continually assert itself in our daily lives, we will never find the peace and joy promised to us.
We need to get angry. We need to get ridiculously disgusted by all that is not of God. We need a day of defiance to sin, a day of total surrender to Jesus. This will be the day that turns your life around. This will be the moment you finally begin to live. Why not make it today?
Have you experienced a day in your life that caused you to finally surrender everything to Him? What events led you to that moment? Please join the conversation below.