Maybe it is just the season of life that I'm in. I feel like the whole world is saying,
"Oh, you're twenty now? Start making all these giant life decisions that will define you."
What really is that about? The biggest decision I've made thus far in life is what college to go to. Now I'm confirming my major, deciding my ideal career, contemplating marriage, and becoming more confident in who I want to be in Christ.
I find myself thinking... am I qualified for this?
The truth is, yes I am. Not because of anything I've ever done or anything I've ever thought of, but because the Holy Spirit lives in me. Why am I sitting around being worried about my life when my life isn't even mine?
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it”
After reading (and re-reading) that verse it slowly started to sink in. God taught me something big through His word. I can stop feeling insecure about the decisions that I want because I should be picking the decisions that HE wants.
My life is not about me.
I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with my life and now I have to figure out what the creator of the universe wants me to do with my life?
Then I was encouraged by John chapter 10.
2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
Wait a second. I know His voice? I know His voice.
The creator of the universe is going before me and I can be confident that when He speaks to me, in His perfect timing, that I will know His voice.
Then the chapter continues...
5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
Not only do I know God's voice, but I know when something isn't God's voice. That's why the Father gave me (and you!) the Holy Spirit--so we can know His voice. So we can follow Him.
Don't make the mistake of asking "What do I want to do with my life? But live dangerously. Ask "God, what do YOU want me to do with MY life?"
Then, as hard as it is, be confident that you can hear His voice. Confess your sin. Yield your stress and anxiety. Ask questions and simply listen for His voice. He's got a plan for you--you've just got to go with it.
"You pore over Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me."
I've started to get more involved with my local church. Last week, I was volunteering for the production team for the youth ministry. The Youth Pastor was speaking on senior night (where they said goodbye to all the soon-to-be graduates).
The pastor said something that I really liked.
Can you guys tell the difference between a 60 year old veteran Christian who volunteered every Sunday (because he felt obligated) and a 17 year old kid who has sat at the feet of Jesus, in God's presence, for the last 8 months?
The kid looks more like Jesus.
Have you felt God's presence? Sat and been amazed by who He is--in awe of His goodness?
I'm not sure about you, but after feeling God's presence I would much rather be the 17 year old kid. But I also know what it is like to be busy and just check things off the list like the old man. I think I'm a little bit of both.
I remembered that story as I read John chapter 5 in my quiet time yesterday. I think that is kind of what Jesus was saying.
We can pore over scriptures, we can serve every Sunday, we can lead small groups, we can do all this stuff, but we're missing the mark if they don't point to HIM.
That's their only purpose--to point to Christ.
I think that if I'm not careful I will miss the mark. I will do stuff rather than do God's presence. Why seek to be Bible Geniuses if not to let Him minister to your heart to know Him better.
I love the way our Bible is timeless. In this verse, Jesus was speaking to the Jews, but today I read it as if He was speaking directly to me. Jesus was reminding us to not take him out of the equation.
My King, my Savior, my Friend, please help me keep you on the throne of my life. Reveal yourself to me, to anyone reading this, in a whole new way. Teach me how to sit in your presence. To have a passion for your Word in a way that lets me seek you, not seek knowledge. Without you at the center of my everything, everything that I do is pointless. Amen.
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