“Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” - Matthew 16:24-26
The next few days, months, weeks and years God radically transformed my life from religion being a part of my life to my relationship with God being my purpose for living! Daily surrendering my fears, doubts and failures was my primary focus. While celebrating the peace, joy and redemption that flooded into my life, I was fueled by a passion to walk by faith. As a young christian, I was eager to dive into the Bible morning and night. Amazed by the beauty evolving from my growing relationship with God. The redemption that took place was intoxicating.
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” - Jeremiah 29:13
Despite the miracles God has done in my life, I still struggle through seasons of fear, doubt and complacency. Walking through my daily quiet time as though I were merely eating breakfast, not meeting with The One True King; savior, redeemer and creator.
At times I’m ashamed of how easily I fall into mundane actions, of how I’m distracted by daily life or even ministry related happenings, of how unintentional I can be in my relationships. It doesn’t take long before I notice I’m not loving God with all my heart, soul, strength and mind. It’s in those moments I:
You see, surrendering your life to God, following His leadership and living out His love is not only decided in a single moment but is also a daily decision to surrender your all to Him, to dive deep in to His word and to be real.
Start today, set aside some time and space to get real with God. You can do this in an abundance of ways, I like to do some of the following: simply journal prayer, listen to worship music and take a walk, crack open my Bible and pray for God to move. How do you get real with God? Share in the comments below!