Wisdom: He’s All You Need
Ponder this…God had an eternity to make a decision, and He chose YOU!
What does that do to you? How does it make you feel? Is there a feeling, an emotion welling up within you at this time? For me, the thought is immediately around how undeserving I am of such a gift, such a relationship. But I quickly remember in Scripture in the book of James where he writes:
Meaning…I have nothing to prove to God to earn His love. This initial feeling of guilt or shame is not from above. So to squash this feeling, these thoughts, I must turn to His Word, the Truth! Humility begs me to remember I am teachable. Maturity reminds me I am growing. Forgiveness gives me hope.
Let’s face it, a relationship with someone you cannot feel, hear, or touch can be difficult. Perhaps you have even felt like what’s the point, maybe you are saying that right now. So why invest your time, your energy, and your emotions in a relationship with the God?
Because He’s Worth It!
When I was 12, I made one of the most challenging decisions I would ever be faced with. I would leave my family in Iowa to build a relationship with my dad in Texas. Here I was saying goodbye to my two sisters, brother, loving parents, and all my extended family, which I spent a lot of time with. I gave my hugs and jumped in the car with my dad, headed for Texas. My heart was confused. The hurt of knowing I would not see the family I loved was in direct conflict with the excitement of an opportunity to build a relationship with my dad. Over the next 16 hours, I wrestled with these feelings and felt as if I had nowhere to turn. I felt alone.
Over the next few years, I continued to feel a void in my life. What was this feeling? Why would it not go away? All this was about to be answered. A friend of mine in high school invited me to a Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting. At this particular meeting, they were signing up for a Christian camp and retreat that would take place that summer. Events like jet skiing, canoeing, and lots of eating were enough to pique my interest. I told my friend “I’m in.”
One night as we sat around the campfire our camp leader read the following passage from 1 Peter 8:
I thought about these words that evening and wondered why the God of the world who spoke existence into all things, would want a relationship with me? Furthermore, how could I have spent all these years denying Him? Was I so prideful, so arrogant, so shallow that I couldn’t see the immense magnitude of His love? He asked for nothing, but for me to believe. He desired nothing, but for me to obey. I can do that, I thought. I want to do that; I knew in my heart. At that moment, I choose a relationship, based on faith, with the creator of all. Then it hit me…Why do I get to choose? He’s God. He’s all knowing, all powerful, if He wants a relationship with me, He could just make it be. True, but that’s not love. This very knowledge drew me even closer to Him. It calls me to seek, to ask, to serve. That day, I learned how unconditional love changes a person. I realized how God was at work in my life all along. Everything was in His plan. The move to Texas, the friendships, going to the Fellowship of Christian Athlete meeting, the retreat. This was the path He was paving for me. The things He showed me in all this were His Love, His Faithfulness, His Sovereignty.
Like all relationships, we’ve had our times. There were times when I was angry, frustrated, even ready to throw in the towel in defeat. But, I did not. Though I was angry, He loved. Though I was frustrated, He comforted. Though I was defeated, He strengthens me. God was always there for me; I just was not seeing it. That was until I opened my heart to a relationship with Him. Jeremiah 29:13 tells us:
A Moment of Truth
At this point, you are one of three places:
1. I have a relationship with God; I’m solid.
2. I am not there yet, but I desire to be.
3. No thanks, not my thing (prayerfully not yet).
Regardless where you are on this list I want to share with you a few things if I may.
- A relationship with Jesus will impact and change your life. If you have one, you know this.
- A relationship with Jesus reveals to you, all this (life) is not about you and that it never was.
- A relationship with Jesus offers you true peace because you have contentment. You will move from a desire to acquire to a willingness to serve, to care, and to give.
My relationship with Jesus is the wisest decision I have and will ever make. It has opened my mind, healed my heart, and sealed me with His Spirit. Through this relationship, I have realized I am His beloved child. My validation, my worth, my purpose comes from Him alone. Leading a team, running a project, or closing a sale is merely something we do, it is not who we are. He fights our battles, answers our credit collector calls, responds to those who wish to cause us harm. Because of our relationship with God, Jesus is our first choice and never our last resort.
Pursue Your Potential
God is authoring an amazing story called YOU. With your permission, He would like to share that story as He knows the value and impacts it will have on the lives of other people. Are you ready to Pursue your Potential?
Q&Q (Quote & Question)
I am introducing a new section to my blog, the Q&Q. Some of you will be familiar with it if you follow me on Facebook or LinkedIn. I share a quote and ask a question to provoke thought, stimulate collaboration, and encourage. Please feel free to respond in the comments and invest in others so they too can Gain more Wisdom.
“God will give you strength for every battle, wisdom for every decision, peace which surpasses all understanding” – Author unknown
Do you believe this quote?
Until Next Time,
Chris Hewitt, the WOE Writer