This week is Founders Week at Moody. There are some great speakers and you can click here to listen to the Speakers and their messages. I was driving home today and listening to a an excerpt from Ron Hutchcraft about Christians who were trying to run the race and would not even begin to leave the starting line because they were bogged down with too many rocks in their backpacks of life. He referenced certain rocks: The rocks of unforgiveness, the rock of hatred and so on. Later in his message he talked about the rock of Kryptonite (that which takes the strength from Superman), and prevents him from doing his very best.
How many of us Christians are stuck in our own proverbial ruts of life, in life and because of life circumstances. Some more than others of us may have justification:
- Parents divorce
- Being made a victim as a child
- Being unloved
- Parents dying
- Our health or lack thereof
- Unaware (of God's will for our lives)
How can we move from these UNderperformers into God's will for our life. You ask, Dante, how can you ask me to forgive for what that man, that woman, that boss, that person, that event and that circumstance has done to me (and my situation of life).
Colossians 3:13 (NIV) 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
How can we move from what we think is our best, to the reality of God's best for us?
Take a self exam of ourselves:
- Am I in the word daily?
- Am I in accountability?
- Do I pray regularly?
- Is my faith real inside and outside of church?
- Do I see more of the fruit of the Spirit in my life (or the fruit of the Sinful Nature?)?
How do I move toward God's will for my life? Talk to a trusted brother, a mentor or a pastor. Have an honest conversation with your wife and ask them to lovingly hold you accountable. Give them permission to speak truth in your life.
Repent, turn, move closer to God and He will draw closer to you. Trust, submit and obey!