I have come to realize that I don’t want to just live, I want to have a “more kind of life”. I want to not just be used by God but I want to be used up. Every thing He created me to be. Everything He created me to do. Everything He called me to for His glory, until I take my last breath here on this earth. Ephesians 4:1 “Therefore, I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” I feel an urgency to share with anyone God places in my path that life can be different than they’ve ever known. That it truly can be a “more kind of life”. In these scriptures in Ephesians, Paul was urging his brothers and sisters in Christ at the church of Ephesus to live differently. To live the life they had been called to by God Himself. As believers, salvation is ours by faith through grace in Christ alone but what if we lived out our lives worthy of our calling and saw it as a privilege to be called Christ’s very own?!
When you see a verse that starts with therefore it is tying it together with the context from the scriptures that came before it. Ephesians 3:20-21 are the verses Paul was referring to which state, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to Him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”
God will give us a more kind of life! We are the church. We are filled with His power from the moment of salvation. The same power that rolled away the stone. The same power that conquered death!!! He placed us in this life exactly when and where He designed us to be, to fulfill a divine purpose He has for each of us. He placed us in the very generation He knew we could be used in. He knew every mistake, hurt, success, joy, trial or loss that would bring us to this very place in this very moment. He even knows the faith that we will require to fully trust Him to reveal the plan He has for our lives. I have come to know that until we do, we will never find the peace, joy or hope that we all so desire. We must come to that place where we realize that faith is only born in His presence. Being in His presence will transform your chaos into a calm that will reach to the very depths of your soul-even if your circumstances haven’t changed. Because when we come into His presence…when He is in the room, it changes us! IT CHANGES EVERYTHING! It ignites a spark deep within your soul.
If you’ve been in church for very long you’ve seen people that have had a “mountain top” experience with God and He ignites something in them that is just simply beautiful. But how many people have you known that started so “on fire” for Christ, that serve faithfully, have experienced life change and are truly different but then they seem as though they just walk away. That they burn out. They don’t finish what He started. How tragic, that even after we have experienced the very hand of God on us and even feeling the very presence of our Savior, we could just stop there? That somewhere along the way we get battle weary and just don’t press on. Oh how I pray that will not be the path I take. I pray that I never get over what He did for me on that cross! I pray I will never be satisfied with what has already been accomplished knowing there is more He has for me to do- that He allows me to do. That He will empower me to do! I pray I live a life worthy of my calling! I pray that I will do as my amazing husband did and live out every breath God gives me NO MATTER WHAT and finish in a way that will shine the light of Christ from beyond the grave!
“You are the light of the world–like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14
Let your light shine, even if…