After a retreat that I attended in January of 2013 (www.encounterthecross.com), I have come to realize that a radical change was needed in my life. It has led to some major decisions within myself, my family, my business, and my involvement in my church. What I have come to understand is that I can go to a retreat, can meet God there, and have Him work on my life that weekend, but unless I make the decision to let Him continue to move in my life, it was all for not.
I personally tend to get wrapped up in the things that society and culture tells me to be wrapped up in. I put the things I have learned from the world in front of things I learn through the Word, prayer, and the Holy Spirit. I find myself asking, "what is truly important in this life?" The cliche answer is 1. God 2. Family 3. Others 4. Church. What I have been challenged with is this list: 1. God.........
It's not that all of the others aren't important, but that honestly giving the rest of them to God to take care of can be a true test of who we are. This doesn't negate my responsibility to any of the rest of this list, but puts it all in perspective. With this perspective, I am able to slow a busy life down to the point where the will of God becomes evident through prayer, meditation, and reading His word.
I have had this tendency to do Christianity lip service in the past. It was a part of my life, but my life was never a part of it. Things are different now. I find myself seeking God's counsel more and more. The human side of me still wants to hold things back, but I feel my spirit urging me to take hold of the all-powerful will of God in my life. To give Him dominion over all aspects of my life...ALL ASPECTS. To be moved.
The more I find myself giving up, the more I realize the intricacies of sin. The little things that I used to pass off that have become big things in my life. But since I had always considered them little things, when they became big, I failed to recognize them. The cool thing about it now is that, since I'm taking hold of living a Christian life, I can very truly find freedom. I have brothers and sisters to help me fight the spiritual battles within, and I do the same for them.
As has been pointed out, God only ever used one flawless person on this earth. Take hold of the will of God in your life. You are going to make mistakes along the way, but the more faith you show in God along the way, the more He is going to use you to accomplish His will. What is His will? To bring the lost back to Him. To save as many souls from the clutches of death as possible. We are the warriors, we are the servants, we are workers. Be still. Be moved.