Happy New Year! For the past few weeks, I’ve been reflecting on my life. I have a mental list that looks something like this:
1. What did I do last year to advance the kingdom of God?
2. What kind of Legacy am I leaving to those that I serve?
3. What can I do this year to become an agent of change in this generation?
4. What mistake did I make last year that I want to avoid in the future?
5. What is God’s big picture for me and how am I following Him?
The past several years my husband and I have gone through a spiritual metamorphosis. It all began with a deep hunger. We realized that even though we had been “raised” in church and served God for decades, we still hadn’t experienced all there was to experience in God. The greatest change for us was when we set a daily prayer time. It required surrender. It meant submitting to the Spirit, even when our flesh wanted more sleep. “Crucifying our flesh” meant dragging ourselves out of bed in the darkness to have a personal encounter each morning with Jesus. This prayer time became a habit of sweet communion with God. It also lead to fasting, and more Bible reading. It brought us to a realization that without Christ we could do nothing. It lead to a total dependence on Jesus. It was no longer our righteousness, but His. Our desperate neediness to have more of Him in our lives lead to a reward of blessings and divine direction. To serve Him and to honor Him with our lives has become our total focus. As we listen to His heart in this time of sweet communion, God’s passion to save lost souls has become our desire to reach out to those around us. We have placed our time, calendar and resources on the altar. We gave back to God our lives, ministry and all He has given us. It all belongs to Him anyway! Keep in mind that you can’t give God too much. These changes in our lives have made a difference in our home, our church and our community. To God be the glory for changing us.
These changes took place out of hunger, discipline and surrender. This year, I want to do more for God than I ever have before. Yes, it would be easy to stay in my comfort zone. It would be easy to let others do something for God. It would be easy to give into the flesh and say, “No more change!” It would be easy to make excuses rather than acting on the dreams God has placed in me. However the Word of God states that I must “press” or pursue the goal. Pursuing is active following. We must take up our cross daily and follow the one who laid down His life for us.
Phillipians 3:14 KJV
” I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Phillipians 3:14 NIV
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
What are your goals this year? What are God’s goals for you? What can we do this year to pursue the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus? It doesn’t matter what ministry you are in, or what season of life. I challenge you, dear friend, to stay in the race and pursue God. You are valuable to God and His kingdom. Live to leave a legacy. The rewards are-out of this world!