If It Is To Be...It Really Is Up To Me!
"God, I really want to be closer to You, help me God to draw closer to You, make me do what I'm supposed to do so that I can be nearer to You!" Sound familiar? I'm quite confident that I've prayed that one more times than I can count, and then I sit waiting for that magical moment when God divinely reaches down out of heaven, makes me feel something that I've never felt before, so I'll know that He has heard and answered my prayer...because without that magical feeling, I think I'll sit and wait until it comes...ever been there? When you take a simple journey throughout the pages of scripture you easily find that God has invited us, imparted to us, and encourages us to draw near to Him. Everything we need to effectively serve Him has already been deposited within us, it's up to us to get it out...really! This evening our pastor made this point extremely clear, if I'm thirsty I'll find something to drink, if I really want God the way that I say that do...I'll come after Him, aggressively seeking Him until I find Him, and once found, I'll continue to follow after Him, so that I don't lose ground. What God requires of me is that I love Him with all of my heart, soul, and mind, and that I love others. He requires of me that I remain faithful, even when it's easier to quit. He asks of me to trust Him, even when I can't see what He is doing and even though I may not like what I do see. He asks me to make the effort, to step out of the box, to be willing to be uncomfortable, and to make Him my number one priority...after all... I am His!