Reading: Matthew 16:21-28
How often are we willing to follow God but we aren’t always willing to do it His way, even at times questioning his motives? Many of us can think of times when we worked really hard on something and it didn’t work out at all how we wanted. Our walk with God often happens the same way especially when we are still seeking to do it on our own terms.
Every area of our lives is directed by God, we get into a habit of thinking we can choose how much control God gets; in our families, our friendships, jobs, how we serve Him, our talents, etc. The example that keeps coming to mind is finding my goal list for 2015 that I wrote last January. My first goal on the list was “blog??” and my second goal was “write more.” Half way through the year both of those goals had somewhat been forgotten, and I remember writing in my prayer journal that I was tired of trying so hard to run my business and writing my own way, from that moment on it was going to be God’s way. The rest of the story speaks for itself. God has done so many incredible things since that moment. When we lay our talents, our time, our lives down He will use it just how He had planned.
In Matthew 16:24 Jesus tells the disciples what it takes to follow him; “deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me.” The first thing He tells us we have to do is we have to lay our selfishness aside and lay our lives down on the altar of God; our time, our talents, every area of our lives. We have to be willing to make the sacrifice in order for us to fully follow God, and to fully serve God. That means our business plans, our jobs, our families, each of those talents we have…When we lay them at God’s feet and allow Him to use them He will transform how we looked at them all along….we will start to see that each one of those has been His from the beginning, we are just blessed enough to get to use them.