This past weekend Big Fisch and I went to our home town for the weekend for a dear friend’s wedding and to visit family.When we’re back “home” for the weekend we like to try and attend church on Sunday mornings at the church where I grew up and where we met.
In the sermon that morning, Pastor Scott made the statement:
“Jesus’s priority for us is not just to rescue us from our [tough/difficult/painful] situations but to change our lives.”
That really stuck with me. When I am going through a hard circumstance in life, I know that God cares, sees my pain and wants to rescue me from it. I know that He doesn’t delight in seeing His people suffer or stumble through life. But many times I get so focused on the “rescue me” portion, that I do not heed what it is God is trying to teach me in the process, or more specifically how He wants to change my life.
See, God is about life transformation. He’s not a “get out of jail free” card. He’s not focused on making our life easier, rather His mission is to make our life more holy. To change us from the inside out so that we reflect more of Him….and less of us and our brokenness.
If I’m not allowing God to teach me anything in the process of the pain and obstacles I face in life, than I end up taking a back seat in my mission to make His name known. Because how can I further His kingdom, when I’m so focused on Heather’s kingdom…on making Heather’s kingdom feel easy, comfortable, “happy”, and convenient?
Yes friends, Jesus cares about the details of our lives so much. So much that He refuses to let us go through life unchanged, when we’ve surrendered our lives to Him. He allows us to see how ugly our sin is so that we can’t be fooled into thinking we are okay on our own; so that we see how badly we need His power to change us and how our sense of self-righteousness is a dangerous, deceptive illusion.
Jesus, open my eyes so I can see what it is You are trying to teach me. Open my heart so that You may transform me. And thank You so very much for never giving up on me.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 17-21
“Blessed is the one who perserveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12