Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Jesus is Calling You to More!

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
I will never forget the “ah-ha!” moment when I realized what it means to glorify God, and to love Him. It really meant knowing Him. It meant understanding the magnitude of what happened on the cross and the depth of who He really is…a knowledge that only comes from spending time with Him and being in His word. This happened by going beyond just learning from what people were teaching me and instead truly delving into God’s word myself. It meant going beyond one or two verses and actually understanding a section in context, looking for parallels, promises vs commands, and yes, going to the dictionary and looking up words I didn't know. This was life-changing for me. For the first time I understood the obedience and discipline that was behind knowing God and also experienced a deeper love for Him than ever before (and continue to). This affected what it meant to glorify Him with my words and deeds (Colossians 3:17) because I was in the process of knowing God and thus how He received honor and glory from me.

This “ah-ha” moment is also what grew my desire for ministry. I wanted to help lead other women and girls to this same pursuit of knowing God and glorifying Him. That’s discipleship, right?!

So here’s where I have been challenged. As I am meeting with new girls, assessing where they are and where I can come along side them to encourage their spiritual growth, I am facing the phenomenon of the “2-minute feeding schedule”. When asked what their daily quiet times consist of, more times than not they respond with “Oh, I read Jesus Calling everyday.” And that’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Jesus Calling readings and I applaud them on their consistency. These readings have on many occasions been exactly what I needed to hear that day and a reminder of the precious promises God has for my life. 

But it’s just not enough. So here's my challenge:

One or two verses randomly placed in your day is not a substantial meal. You need more. You have “tasted that the Lord is good” so move beyond the milk that babies feed on and chew on some meat (1 Peter 2)! Desire to know context…to know what the author is saying and ask how you can apply it to your life. This doesn’t mean you must have an hour Bible study every day, but it does mean having a plan and working through Scripture over time.

I really believe that Jesus is calling us to more. He’s calling our students to more. He’s calling you to more.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. (Proverbs 8:17)