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May 4, 2017, 5:00 AM

Are there areas of your life where you do not live out God freely?


Have you ever had this experience where your individual struggle collides with something eternal, and it feels like crashing face first into God?  Last week a popular Christian devotional that I follow posted this quote, “You can do hard things, but only after you’ve totally freaked out about them.  Once you’ve done that you should be fine.”   The tag line of the post followed up by saying, “Got your back, friend. You can do this! Even if you freak out first, get it all out, have a big sleep, and then get back on your feet.  Love ya.”  It was one of those moments where I felt like the author was speaking directly to me.

 

Are there areas of your life where you do not live out God freely? I’m constantly pursuing opportunities to do things I’m passionate about.  I want to step up and step into something I feel God calling me to walk forward in.  Usually what happens when I find those opportunities, I become terrified and a bit overwhelmed by doubt that I don’t have what it takes or that my own insecurities will be my downfall. This is what doubt does; its two competing forces vying for our attention. One says you’re not smart enough, people will think you’re a fraud if they really know you, and no one will trust you with this.  A second draws me into something bigger, bolder, and powerful. The intersection between these two forces is where I encounter integrity.

 

Most of the time my mind looks at thing from a business perspective.  So often I equate integrity with sheer grit, meaning “Doing the right thing when no one is watching.”   It’s almost like a high standard that is set, where we demand honesty and good decision making.  In this line of thinking, integrity is not something to walk in, but rather something to lose.  But biblically, integrity is simply wholeness; living in such a way that our whole being is brought into the light and permeates or encompasses every component of our lives. There is no longer a church self vs. work self vs. home self vs. gym self.  It’s all in all the time; wholly living out God’s working in and through you.

 

“My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live Him. You’re deeply rooted in Him. You’re well-constructed upon Him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 MSG

 

Paul is talking about this kind of life. He’s writing to encourage and extort the people of the church at Colossae.   People just like us, deeply rooted in Christ, who already has the head knowledge.  Now it’s time to start walking in it and living it out.  No more one way church, one way at work, one way at home, or one way with friends.  It’s time to be all in, all the time letting our living spill over into thanksgiving.   This quest for wholeness is scary. I totally get it, and I’m right there with you.

 

I know that living boldly for God, living with real integrity for who God is asking you to be, fully exposed in that place is possibly one of the hardest things ever to do. We have to remember that integrity isn’t about perfection; it’s about identity, and living in a way that others are drawn into the work that God is doing because they can see Him doing that work in us. You aren’t required to do it perfectly; you’re just required to let God shine through you. In my own situation, I know I’ve got to simply walk it out bravely and boldly, quit worrying about what other people think.  I know God is asking something of me, and I’ve got to start trusting that He will work out the details.  As people of integrity, we must learn to take ourselves with all of our mess and say, “Ok, God, here I am; use me to your fullest.”

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, help me to become the kind of person who lives with deep integrity, who walks wholly trusting You with the entirety of my life.  Jesus please guide me when it’s really hard, when I’m afraid, and when I feel alone.  Lord mold me into the kind of person who give so freely and so fully that I can be used for big change.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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