Friend: ‘So, I’ll see you at church on Sunday?’
Me: ‘Umm.. actually, no, you won’t’
I made a pretty huge decision recently. It’s been one I’ve been thinking over for a while. Do you ever get that unsettled feeling that you’re not in the right place doing the right thing?
Well, I’m a firm believer that when that feeling comes along it’s time to do something. Sometimes the changes we make bring with them a whole new level of discomfort before we slot into the new right place for us. To cross into the space where stuff is happening, where God wants us to be, we have to step outside the walls of our comfort zone and lift the snuggly blanket that has lured us into spiritual slumber, embrace the change and go for it.
I’ve likened the big decisions in my life before to standing on a precipice, be that a mountain or a cliff edge, and jumping into the unknown, knowing that He will catch you. For me, that’s faith in action.
It takes bravery willing yourself to the edge to that split second where you just say ‘Let’s do this!’ Despite the run up of fear that leads to massively courageous acts there’s always that moment of calm when you make the decision, send the email, jump on the plane, apply for the job, there’s a moment of calm before the world hits you with reality – A moment of complete trust, hope and faith. It’s these priceless moments that make us feel truly alive and at peace with the next steps.
You see, when you choose a life with Jesus you will make some radical decisions; you’ll travel continents or discover new worlds on your own doorstep. You’ll do things that others, even family, will not comprehend. But it’s when they think you’re at your craziest that you’ll know you’ve done the right thing.
I’ve had more than a few of these crazy moments in my life:
‘I’m going to Brazil, I’m going to Nepal, I’m going to Nigeria… I’m leaving my church?!’
All crazy, all amazing, all God led, all misunderstood, all supported and prayed for, all part of the journey.
All of these have been scary adventures whether I’ve admitted the fear or not. The one constant being – each one started with that unsettled feeling and led to something God-inspired. So the next time you feel weird, unsettled, like you’re in the wrong place, don’t just sit on it! Bust out the prayers and seek for the next stop on this incredible journey of life.
The Bible says to anyone and everyone, ‘Come as you are.’ You don’t have to clean up your act, and ‘get right’ with God before you approach, It’s impossible anyway, but God doesn’t ask for that. All you have to do is believe in God and accept that Jesus is the son of God and that he died in your place, for your sin. So each sin you have already committed, are
committing right now or will commit in the future is forgiven already.
The promise of God is made absolutely clear in one of the most popular verses, John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the WORLD that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him, will not perish, but have eternal life.’ That means whatever journey you’re on right now, He loves you! He’s waiting for you to just look up and realise it. Then all you have to do is accept it, ask Jesus to come and live in your heart and let him do the rest.
It’s the easiest and best decision you’ll ever make.