In 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, we are instructed to take every thought captive. In other words, we have to be careful which thoughts we allow into our minds. A.W. Tozer said, “If we are honest with ourselves we can discover not only what we are but what we are going to become. We’ll soon be the sum of our voluntary thoughts.” We become that about which we think. If we want to live a life that looks like Christ, then we must become intentional about which thoughts we allow to take hold in our head. Jesus thought only of pleasing His Father and completing the mission He was sent to accomplish. That’s all He thought about, and it resulted in the only perfect life that has ever been lived.
There’s nothing like meeting a new group of people to spark the flames of thought, and I have had the pleasure of meeting an amazingly interesting group of truth seekers over at the Bridge. A thank you to everyone over there for jumpstarting my fingers to start blogging again.
One of the interesting discussions over there concerned an individual having problems with truly feeling like they were “giving their all” to follow Christ. After reading through that discussion, I read a quote from A.W. Tozer today that dealt with our “Isaac” moments. These are our moments of testing. The time will come when it is only us and God… and the test before us. There will not be a handful of choices as to what to do. Rather, there will only be two choices – God or not God. It is in these “Isaac” moments we discover much about ourselves. We discover whether or not we are indeed willing to “give our all” to follow Him; we discover where our heart truly lies. As Christians, as true believers, our choice in the deepest reaches of our soul must be to choose God… always. We will fall and we will fail. Fortunately, the grace of God is never-ending and we will be forgiven. With that forgiveness though, do we ache with repentance? I believe someone who has chosen to follow Christ should absolutely be horrified at each failure. Personally, I get angry and fell like punching the nearest wall. I’m so distraught that I would choose anything over Jesus Christ, and it will often take quite some time to calm down (please hold the calls for counseling!). The point is God sees our hearts he knows our deepest intentions.
I believe as Christians must come to the point when we are indeed able to say we are desperately trying to “give our all” to follow Christ. It was for this we were created. It is what Christ commanded us to do. He told his followers that they would have to leave everything behind for Him. This isn’t a onetime event. As we come upon our Isaac moments each day, we must be willing to leave everything behind to follow Him. There is really no other choice for those who love Him. Can we honestly say that today we have given our all for Him? Have we chosen Him in our Isaac moments? If not, why not? It’s time to dust ourselves off and determine now to leave it all behind and choose Him in every aspect of our lives, every choice that comes our way. We must indeed be desperate for the One who loves us beyond measure. He asks nothing more and nothing less.
Father I am desperate for you; forgive me when that desperation fades and renew the urgency of surrender in my heart.