Day 21 // Call

Read: Psalm 138:1-8, Proverbs 19:21, Romans 5:3-5


Following God’s call for your life is risky.

Mark Batterson says, “A big dream is simultaneously the best feeling and the worst feeling in the world.” When a dream that was planted in our hearts from God is realized, our purpose in life becomes clearer. But actually doing that dream? That takes risk and risk is one of the worst feelings in the world. Taking risks means we have to be brave. Isn’t is much safer to politely tell God, “I’m fine right where I am?”

On Day One, I shared my “Use me, God” prayer. On this day of our study, I said, “I believe God took a girl with a plan and flipped her life to follow His plans.” If I’ve learned anything about the plans I’ve made over the years, it is that plans change.

 
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails
— Proverbs 19:21
 

Accepting change is transforming. It is a process of releasing the tightly gripped, color-coded timeline that we have for our lives and saying, “I give it all to you, O God.” We have to let go every single day, sometimes every single second, in order to live out a life of faith.

God does not call us to a comfortable life. No, He stretches and pulls and twists our lives so that we begin to be more like Him instead of the world around us. Yet, joy is found in the shifting and releasing and following.

 
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
— Romans 5:3-5
 

This joy comes when we realize that we are living a life that is less about ourselves and more about what God wants to do through us. Serving from a heart that is undivided and attentive to God’s leading is both an inwardly and outwardly admission that we are nothing without Him. It’s the full realization that He made us for a purpose.

If we tell God we are fine just where we are and never take a step to follow His plans for our lives, we will settle into a life of complacency instead of contentment.  

Dear friend, you were made for more.

More love, more peace, more fulfillment, more joy, more grace, more mercy, more hope.

If you never accept the risk, you will never receive the full reward.

An undivided heart is a heart that recognizes that there is a God, and we were made to follow Him. It is a heart that listens to His voice instead of being distracted by comparison, food, pride, and our own self-righteous plans. An undivided heart is liberated, lovely, and living a life on purpose.

You have a choice to make. Not once, not twice, not three times. Every single day you have to choose if you will follow God or follow your own plans. Some days you will find yourself like a toddler who wants everything to be about her, and you will kick and scream and try to get your way. But after you pitch your fit, and finally calm down, there will be this Presence inside your soul that will offer you love, grace, and mercy.

 
The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
— Exodus 34:6-7
 

Are you willing to risk it all and follow God?

If your answer is yes, I encourage you to keep praying about all aspects of your life. Keep growing in your relationship with the Lord so you can learn His ways, fear His name, and trust in Him. Chart your growth by journaling and referring back to your worksheets. Whatever you wrote as your goals for 2016, keep those things a priority by continuing to ask God for help in those areas of your life. Spiritual growth happens in our hearts, minds, bodies, and our relationships. This is the way to an undivided heart.

 
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
— Psalm 86:11
 

Thank you for accepting this challenge. May good things grow as we continue to follow God.


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