“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Am I doing all that God has called me to do? Am I settling? I often start and end these devotions with questions because I believe self-reflection is important, my hope is for you to take some time and thought into what is being asked, it is just between you and God. Our minds and hearts are a powerful control center for our thoughts and feelings, and they are often consumed with what is happening around us, what were feeding into; stress, doubt, anxiety, etc. What ever it may be we become so busy that we don’t have a moment to focus on us. When that happens, life starts to become dull, finding yourself without purpose just living day to day and that’s where the enemy thrives, however, God calls us for so much more than that: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”
To obtain a life of abundance, one must fully submit to God and His commands, for He is the only one who will bestow that upon us. I saw a drawing of a child once, maybe you’ve also seen it floating around Facebook too, anyways the child had a small teddy bear on her arm, then you see Jesus with an outstretched arm sort of asking the child to give up the tiny bear, you see it in the child’s face that she’s very reluctant to give it up and why wouldn’t she be, maybe that’s all she has and all she knows, but what she doesn’t see is Jesus has an even bigger teddy bear waiting for her behind His back, waiting for her to give up what she has to gain so much more. Is that not like us? We are so afraid to give God our all, everything we have, everything we learned, to something we can’t see yet. But it is with our faith and hope that we can trust that God has something tremendously bigger for us.
Cast your net with this hope.