September 11, 2019
I recently read an excerpt from a book, Carlos Garcia (our Nicaraguan missionary) had posted online. It impacted me like lightening, as it strikes at the core of the “me” culture today.
“God is never going to change to make room for you in the Kingdom. It is you who must change. I can assure you, that if there is one area of your life that you are hoping and praying that God will not ask you to surrender to Him – He already has.”
“God often asks for the thing that you don’t want give Him, the thing you want to keep the most, the thing that comforts you in your time of need, the thing that fills your heart. Jesus asked the rich young ruler for his money because money is what filled his heart. Had he been a drunk, Jesus might have asked him to give up alcohol. Had he been a glutton, Jesus might have asked him to become a vegetarian. Jesus will go after the thing you love the most, until He is the thing you love the most.”
What have you placed your trust in? What fills your heart? What is the thing, whether you realize it or not, that you love more than you love God? Those questions are not for the faint of heart, but they are questions at the center of our faith. At the end of the day, the call of God is to, “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30) No person, habit, or object can occupy the place in your heart that belongs to God alone.
Our world will be transformed when His Bride, the church, is comprised of believers whose heart is singularly devoted to Him, a bride without any other love.
Throughout history the church has expanded and grown, changing entire nations and cultures, not by violence or coercion – but by love. When the world beholds a church that loves the Lord, without compromise, revival follows. When the world witnesses a people who have abandoned their rights and given them to God, and are willing to surrender all to Him, they are captivated by His presence and ushered into His glory.
Is such a life possible? Yes. Is it what God desires? Absolutely.