How often do you travel life’s journey thinking that you are giving God your all? If you’re anything like me, I go through some serious spurts where I’m all in. Other times, I think I’m all in. And then there are those moments where I’ve completely stopped traveling on purpose.
Sometimes we believe that congregating with others here and there… praying a bit here and there… serving a little here and there… and being a little obedient here and there is just enough to satisfy God. The reality is, God wants all of our lives… every area – not just part of it.
When it comes down to it, partial obedience is disobedience. You won’t always hear it put so plainly because we’ve become accustomed to sugar-coating Scripture or allowing too much cushion for a person to make mistakes. There comes a time when we have to stop clinching our fists and stretch out our hands to God. And just to be clear, a clinched fist can look like many things. It would be people, relationships, jobs, and hobbies that we put before God.
I lived a huge portion of my life believing that if I did what I thought was right, and tried my best to be “good” then I would somehow still reap the benefits of the promises (and blessings) of God. But in the more recent years, I’ve come to realize that when God says to obey, He will not settle for partial obedience. This includes following His blueprint for how a Holy, Set-apart life is supposed to be lived. Changes had to be made and I had to be okay with it.
For this reason, anytime I step out of God’s will, I am immediately convicted and corrected… and I’m thankful for that (most of the time). At the same time, anytime I am willfully obedient, God truly blesses be beyond my belief. Of course it’s not easy. Have you ever sat down and counted the different “areas of life”? I haven’t, but I know if we did… we’d probably get overwhelmed. Even still, when we decide to give God our all, it requires surrendering every area of our lives to Him. Even when it doesn’t make sense, we have to learn to obey Him.
Let’s reflect on the areas where we have lacked obedience. Ask God to help you to be obedient, find Scriptures that will align with your wanting to be obedient, and then take those steps to become more like that you read. We can do this!
CHIME IN: If you feel comfortable, share how this journey of surrender has looked for you over the course of your spiritual journey!
Until next time, surrender your all-