January 20, 2013
I finally arrived to church with my nearly untouched Starbucks in hand- the same Starbucks that cost me a ticket- and found myself trying to remember if there are signs that say “No Food, No Drinks” outside the auditorium. I see people every week with Thermos’ and coffee cups so I knew that it was accepted. Sure enough, however, walking up to the door I see about ten signs proclaiming food and drink are not allowed. I was torn. My pumpkin-spice latte was harmless! It needed me! I asked a greeter with fingers crossed and my sweetest smile, “Can I bring this inside?” Guess what? I had to dump that sucker out. I wanted to say “But everyone else brings coffee in there!” Yet in that moment I knew that God has no interest in me compared to everyone else, his interest is in me compared to His Word.
Bam. Just like that I no longer have the grace to be ‘good enough.’ I have been called to be holy. One of the greatest things about walking with Christ is that we will always be called to be better. There was a time when I had no problem gossiping. There was a time when I could tell a white lie and feel no guilt. I could be gluttonous in my eating and not feel an overwhelming conviction listening to degrading music. If we are seeking Him- and truly seeking – we will be pruned on a daily basis. The Lord knows when we’re ready to take a bigger step towards living a life that glorifies Him in all areas. No shortcuts, no buts. It will be challenging to make the shift, it is challenging to have integrity in areas so small, it is challenging to live a life that few people understand or respect, but I know it is more than worth it. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
What do you feel the Holy Spirit tugging on your heart strings about? Sometimes, the areas of our life that are in the shadows are the ones that are most important to our Father. Be in prayer about what areas you should submit and commit to be obedient in them. I challenge you to drive the speed limit for a day! Let me know how your blood pressure is tomorrow(: