It's Now, Or Never
There is a moment, right before you step into the promises of God, where you heavily entertain the thought of giving up.
"If my life stays the way it is, that's ok."
"Maybe I'm not cut out for this."
God, through Jesus Christ, is a redeemer by nature. He can redeem your time, money, and your life. He will redeem! However, His ability and promise to redeem doesn’t mean that things won't be lost or forfeited as a result of your disobedience, or delayed obedience.
Remember the story of Moses, leading the Israelites into the promised land? Well, if you don't remember, allow me to remind you: it took them way longer to get there than needed. Even after all he did to lead the people, Moses actually never made it to the promised land. Why? Disobedience.
God said speak to the rock and Moses hit the rock. Why did he hit the rock, instead of speaking to it as God told him to? Because 'hitting the rock' was what worked the last time God did a miracle for the Israelites. (Sidebar: What you did last time will not cut it for where you are now. God is doing a new thing).
God has chosen you...
You are the one connected to a unique group of people that you get to influence. God wants you to be the one. With that said, please be aware that if you don’t do it, God will choose someone else. There are people connected to your life because their lives depends on your "Yes!". The generation of Moses died without getting to God’s original intention for them. I’m certain we can all agree, we want to get to God’s original intention for us.
What does this mean?
This opportunity, this open door, won’t last always. Whether you see it or not there are some spiritual doors open with contingencies. It’s contingent on your obedience. You know the scriptures we love saying, like "I’m the lender and not the borrower", "I am the head and not the tail", and "I am above only and not beneath". These blessings are contingent on your obedience (Deuteronomy 28).
Your obedience to God’s word, the Bible.
Your obedience to what God’s specifically saying to you: It may be permissible for the body of Christ, but not beneficial for you.
Your obedience to self-development: hone in on your skills, and be prepared!
If you walk through the door unprepared, it’s going to be too late to prepare once you get there. We’re praying “God open the door”, when we need to pray, “God help me to be prepared when the door is opened!”
OBEY NOW, PREPARE NOW, DO IT NOW!
Keema Moses, author of "No Cookie Cutter Christian", is breaking the stereotypes of what it means to be a Christian by being vulnerable and lending voice to the realities of her Christian walk. A natural born leader, Keema speaks from experience, truth and vulnerability as she guides people to the reality of a merciful, redemptive God while acknowledging our fickle, frail humanity.
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