The Bible clearly shows us that we are to make a strong emphasis and take an intentional role in some key areas of our lives. More plainly, there are certain character aspects of being human that God has called us to be responsible for. We continue to call upon Him for the strength and wisdom to take up this role in our lives but there are certain character traits that the Bible has just called us to practice and there are also some things that we are just told to “be.” God’s word doesn’t always tell us that we are going to be guided into being and doing these things but it certainly tells us that we are supposed to simply be and do. As a charismatic Christians, this can be a difficult thing to acknowledge in that we always want to sense the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in everything that we do. However, it doesn’t always work that way. There are times that we just simply need to move forward and do what we know is right. This is often just referred to as obedience. As an example, consider how the Bible calls upon us to “be humble” (1 Pet. 5:6; Eph. 4:2; Jas 4:10). It doesn’t tell us how and it doesn’t tell us that the Holy Spirit will make us humble. It just says that we are supposed to make a conscious choice to be humble. When we recognize these things we do need to allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in the process of growth in these areas. But the first step is just that, the first step. You must make the choice to make the change. When dealing with these nagging things in our lives it’s often very important that we embrace the “cold turkey” mentality. This means that we need to not allow these things any kind of foothold in our lives. We need to be “all-in” on defeating negative traits and embracing those that are life-giving and God honouring. Often, it is necessary for us to take some serious measures. The Bible talks about “cutting out the eye” that has caused you to sin (Matt. 5:29). Now, obviously, Jesus is not condoning digging out your eye. What he was saying is that you need to take extreme measures to ensure that these nagging sin issues don’t gain another toe-hold in your life.
There are also times when we need to take an all-in approach toward God’s call in our lives. This past Sunday we talked about the prophet Elisha. When Elijah placed his mantle on him and called him to follow after him he had a very extreme response. He took all of the oxen that he was using to plow, slaughtered them, and had a cookout for his friends and family. Essentially, he went all-in on God’s call for his life. He didn’t hold anything back! As Christ-followers we must understand that Eph. 2:10 is written for us. That means that, if you have a relationship with Jesus, you are called to do awesome things. Oftentimes we just need to put one foot in front of the other and allow the Holy Spirit to take it from there. God is waiting for people who are willing to take a step of faith so that He can continue to work through those people that are willing to keep moving forward. God will never force you to move. But, when you start taking those steps forward, you will find that His amazing empowering presence is with you every step of the way.
Take an “all-in” approach toward God’s call in your life.
What has God called you to do? How can you start walking towards Gods call for your life today?