february 15, 2021

This is a daily devotional, designed to help you further think about The Calling that God has put on your life. We are using lines from the God’s Chisel skit, performed by the skit guys. Then we are looking at scripture that helps us further dig into how we can surrender greater control of our lives to the Lord. 

February 15, 2021

God’s Chisel Phrase: God: “So what you’re saying is you would rather “play God” in certain areas of your life rather than for me to be God.”

Scripture: Matthew 15:21-23 21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws."

Last Wednesday, Tom shared his testimony. Meaning, he shared about how he came to enter into a relationship with Jesus and how God has been at work since that time. He confessed that early in life he regularly attended church. That he was like most any other kid in the church or youth group. He came regularly, served on Sunday mornings, and knew a lot about God. He admitted that God wasn’t really a topic of conversation at home. His grandma frequently read the Bible, but never talked about it with the family. His main time of learning and interaction with the Bible was on Sunday mornings at church. 

You may be thinking this was a good thing, that his grandma was a role model, his parents brought him to church weekly, and he even served. But something was off, it was amiss. While he knew a lot about God, he didn’t seem to have a relationship with God. This allowed him to believe whatever he wanted concerning who God was and what God’s job was in his life. So he decided for several years that God’s job was to forgive Tom for his sin. But then the next day, he would go out and sin in the same ways all over again. He was asking for forgiveness but he wasn’t changing anything in his life. This allowed him to live life how he wanted, when he wanted, without thinking twice about what it meant in his relationship with God.  

As you read in Matthew 15 above, this is a dangerous place to be. Believing that you are a Christian, that you have done whatever is required to go to heaven, but in reality, you don’t know God. You don’t have a relationship with God. Jesus clearly states that there are many who believe they are saved, believe they are Christian, but they are not. They have never entered into a relationship with God in a real way. They may have said a prayer, invited Jesus in, and even prayed for forgiveness each night. But Jesus called us to a new life, one that is surrendered to Him. So that He can take our thoughts, our desires, and mold and shape them to look more like God’s personality. Helping us to no longer desire sin but rather to desire God. That we would be uncomfortable doing anything that isn’t pleasing to God because it is no longer pleasing to us. That when He prompts and leads us, we would follow. 

In other words, if you are a Christian, your life should not look like it did in the past. Even if you where a Christian five years ago, you should have grown a little, been molded and shaped a little, your life should look different as you age because of how you are surrendered to God and willing to let Him do a work in your life. We cannot just keep living however we want, doing whatever we want. Nor can we try to be a good person to get to heaven. In John 14:6 Jesus is clear; you must go through Him. You must have a relationship with Him. You must love, serve, and worship Him with your life. As you do that with a posture of surrender, He will mold and shape you to look more and more like Him. 

Challenge: It what ways have you decided who God is in your life? Do you recognize that we don’t get to decide who He is, He gets to decide who we are? So, if He gets to decide who we are, then are we letting Him work in us? Are we surrendering control to Him in a way of pursuing Him? Do you desire to love God with your life and to stop taking control? 

It starts by surrendering little things, by praying and inviting God in to help you have this attitude daily. Also, pray that God would reveal the areas of your life that you have kept control of, that you are not aware of.  We all have blind spots, but God sees everything!