Where Does God Stop and You Begin?
Let me ask a question. At what point in your walk with God does He stop and you begin? Let me explain before you answer. You see, we all say the right words and claim that we give God all our hearts. We sing beautiful songs that declare our absolute devotion to God. We boldly confess that we give our lives over to our Lord and Savior.
The truth is, we really don’t follow through with those statements. None of us live our lives completely 100% for God, every second of every day. If so, we would be perfect, and we all know we are far from perfect. We have areas in our lives that we hesitate when handing over to submit before God.
We tolerate sin in our lives for our own selfish gain or pleasure. We don’t want to give sin up because we are content with this fact, or afraid of being perceived as too ‘radical’ or out of touch. We say phrases like, “The music has an awesome beat and I don’t pay attention to the lyrics.” We don’t want to turn off the “hilarious” tv show, despite the fact that the content we are laughing at directly opposes everything our God stands for. We know that we should be givers and tithe, but there are too many things we would rather spend our money on. The list goes on and the hot topics vary from person to person.
So, let me ask you again. Where does God stop and you begin? Where do you draw that line and say that you are going to do what you want to do, despite it being flat out wrong? Where does the selfishness overtake the holiness?
Life is about the choices that we make. We can try run from responsibility, and pass the buck so fast it makes our head spin, but the bottom line is that we have a choice. We make the choice to choose God over sin, or sin over God. It is our choice alone.
If you decide that it’s a bad thing to worship God, then choose a god you’d rather serve—and do it today. Choose one of the gods your ancestors worshiped from the country beyond The River, or one of the gods of the Amorites, on whose land you’re now living. As for me and my family, we’ll worship God.” Joshua 24:15
You want to be a man or woman after the heart of God? You want to see His will fulfilled in your life? If so, take a stand. Like Joshua, declare that you will worship and serve God alone. Take the magnifying glass called the Holy Spirit and begin to go through yourself. Search out the areas in your life that you have not given over to God and then fix it.
We have to be willing to make ourselves uncomfortable if we are going to accomplish anything for God. Going along with the American culture is no longer an option. That means that we can no longer wink at sin, excusing its place in our lives.
I want to make a difference in this world. When I dream, I dream of reaching hurting people. I want God to use to me to heal the wounded and encourage those in despair. If that is going to happen then my songs of devotion cannot be lip service. I cannot live like hell and then flip a switch and hope that by chance God can use me today.
So, I choose Christ. I choose my destiny in Him over anything this world may try and offer me. I may have to make decisions that require sacrifice, and I may miss out on everything that pop culture has to offer. I want to be a known as a man who reflects God’s culture.
So where does He stop in your life? What are you not willing to give up that is holding you back from your destiny? Let me ask you one last question. In the scope of all eternity, is the sin holding you back from all that God has for you really worth the price you are paying?