Desperation / Dedication.
When ever I start thinking about what it means to be desperate for Him, to have this unbearable urge to devote and dedicate everything in your life to Him...God always leads me to Psalm 119.
It starts out perfect.
Psalm 119:1 How happy are those whose way is blameless, who live according to the Lord's instruction!
Psalm 119:2 Happy are those who keep His decrees and seek Him with all their heart.
Psalm 119:3 They do nothing wrong; they follow His ways.
I put a lot of personal thought, and have for several years, into the question of : what makes a person commit whole heartedly to the call of discipleship to Christ vs. those who half heartedly show up on Sunday mornings vs. those whose seem to just not care at all.
I think these scriptures sum it up beautifully.
Care enough to live your life according to His instructions. Keep His decrees. Seek Him with all your heart. Follow Him.
It really is that easy. Your heart has to be in it. Your whole heart. If it is not, and it is so easy to spot, then it doesn't work.
The Lord has really been dealing and teaching me on the heart lately. He hasn't summed it up yet, but I promise it is big, in the spiritual realm, and I will probably blog on it several times.
Psalm 119: 10 I have sought You with all my heart; don't let me wonder from your commands.
Psalm 119: 11 I have treasured Your Word in my heart so that I may not sin against You.
The HEART. It is all about the heart. What is in your heart? Where is your heart at?
Are you seeking Him. Please do. Desperately seek Him. Dedicate everything to Him. Give all you have. Chase after him passionately. Make it a heart issue. Make it pure.
There is one catch to this whole desperation / dedication thing and it is hard... you can't make someone do it. You can't make someone want it. You can't push this on anyone. And in return it can't be faked.
What can we do then? How can we encourage people in our lives that don't have that same desire as we do? Who don't have that same pure desperation to reach Him some how?
We pray. We encourage. We witness to them by example.
We as humans are so impressionable. It's almost funny how quickly we follow other's leads with out even realizing it.
Funny story time :)
Today I was sitting at work and I could just not decide what I wanted to eat for lunch. I had planned on going to pick up something all morning, but when the time came I could just not decide what I wanted to eat. I even had told one of my co-workers I wasn't even hungry. A couple of minutes another co-worker of mine came in my office. In just casual conversation I asked her what she ate for lunch. She said Arby's. She told me she had gotten cheese sticks and that they were really good. Guess where I went to lunch? Arby's. I left to get lunch maybe 5 minutes after she told me that. Guess what I got. Cheese sticks. Do I normally eat cheese sticks from Arby's? No. Why did I go there? Why did I order the same thing she did? Because we are humans and we see people do things or listen to what they have to say, then we start thinking about it and before we know it we are doing the same thing. In my office this happens all the time during lunch.
We can use this same concept when trying to encourage other Christians to develop this desperation / dedication we have been talking about. Be happy. Be enthusiastic about the work you are doing for God. Be involved in your church. I take that back don't just be involved, be the CHURCH. Put your whole heart into it. Give it everything you have.
When people begin to see this radical passion in you...who knows maybe they will want to give it a spin too. I not only went to Arby's today but I ordered the cheese sticks also :)
By the way... This blog post was written by Mary Sellers :) I can't wait to contribute to this blog on a weekly basis, and I am really looking forward to reading the blogs other people from our church contribute. Big things are happening :)
Please feel free to comment! I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject!