Monday, October 1, 2012

Time to Start

It is time to stop living comfortably. 
It is time to start living intentionally.

It is time to stop doing the minimum to get by.
It is time to start maximizing what little time I have.

It is time to stop taking the easy way out.
It is time to start stepping outside my comfort zone and serve.

It is time to stop wasting my life.
It is time to start making an eternal impact.

As I am adjusting to life at Calvary, I have found myself slipping back into an apathetic lifestyle. I've found my groove here; my comfort zone has been established. I love the life I'm living.

Yet something is missing.

"Do not be slothful in zeal; be fervent in Spirit; serve the Lord." [Romans 12:11]

Three short commands. One unified topic. Passionately serving our God. 

To me, I see a direct correlation between service and passion. When we are passionate about God, we will serve Him. When we serve God, it shows and grow our passion for Him. This is what is lacking in my life right now. I've figured out how to serve just enough to feel good about myself. But that's definitely not the life that I as a Christian and committed follower of Christ have been called too. Following Christ requires passion.  

So what does this service look like? For me, it's personal interaction with others. It's relationships that glorify God in every part, all the time. It's a heart of genuine, not-hypocritical love, a brotherly affection that delights in outdoing others in honor. It's a life that is presented to God as a holy and acceptable sacrifice. 

Ultimately, Paul says it best. "But I do not account my life as any value, nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." [Acts 20:24]

This is the heart I want to have. Thought it's incredibly hard, it's incredibly worth it. I will fight for this. Praise the Lord for the grace given to be convicted, be led by the Spirit, be changed. It's only because of Him that any life is in me at all. To God be the glory!

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