A Change

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A Change

Have you ever had that moment when you are fully aware of the Holy Spirit speaking to you, but you’re not sure what it means?

Yesterday at church our preacher spoke about Mark chapter 8 and the distinct shift Jesus made in going from preaching to all people about salvation to specifically teaching his disciples about who He is. Pastor George asked the question, “Have you ever made a decision that makes a life-changing shift in your relationship with God?”

Pastor George went on to reference Mark 8:34. He said that Jesus taking up his cross, to him, represented Jesus obeying God’s will for Him to die for the salvation of all mankind; that the “cross” is to know and follow God’s will. What is God’s will for me? God knows what He wants me to do, so I have to ask Him.

What is it I’m doing, and what is my “cross”? Pastor George left us with the thought that we should discover God’s will, and act upon it; that we should seek a change, or a shift, similar to that in Mark’s gospel.

Well, I woke up this morning and turned on the TV. It was on the Today Show, and the first thing I heard as I turned on the television and the picture came in to focus was, “Make a change; Change something…” and then it went to commercial break.

Then I read my devotion and it centered around Romans chapters 9-12, and that we should live sacrificial lives in response to the grace God has already given us, using our spiritual gifts to serve the Church… Then I read Romans 12:2, “Do not conform any longer 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.”

I hear you, Lord! I hear you, but I don’t understand what you’re trying to say! I feel like Samuel! I keep hearing God speak, but I don’t know what it means! What am I supposed to change? Which aspect of my life requires a shift in a different direction? How am I not using my spiritual gifts that I SHOULD be?

I don’t know. I know that there has to be something that needs to be renewed or shifted or changed, but I don’t know what that something is. I’ll wait. I’ll ask God to continue speaking to me through any means he chooses… I’ve been doing tons of things differently today in an effort to stumble across the thing(s) that needs shifting… I’ve done a different yoga series, I ate a different breakfast from my usual, I unconsciously wrote the check for our water bill differently… I want to know and understand… Pray that God will show me and open my heart and mind to be receptive to His message. Word of God, speak! and let my ears hear!

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2 responses »

  1. How amazing! I had just re-encountered this scripture a few weeks back and had the same experience. It’s like you are just so close to a breakthrough, but when you try to see what it is, the picture is still fuzzy. I found that when I got into my Bible and read the word, I wasn’t NOT utilizing spiritual gifts, but I was merely WASTING time that should have been going towards nurturing my spiritual gifts. I thought, “how in the world am I wasting time…I don’t have time to waste!” That’s when I realized that it wasn’t about what I was doing, it was about what I was thinking about while I was going through my day. The point of that scripture…”be transformed by the renewing of your MIND” was what I was missing. My focus was on God when I was doing my Bible study or praying, but the rest of the time, it was “conformed to this world”. This is something that I’m still working on, but I don’t have to try alone:)
    Thanks so much for sharing! I love reading your blog:)
    Madeline

    • Wow. Thank you Madeline! I never even thought of it that way. Maybe that’s what God is trying to show me- that theres a gap between where I allow Him in my life. I love hearing from you!

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