At this time last year, God asked me to leave my academic workload in faith to start His Daily Dose. He gave me the name, the images (including the ubiquitous coffee cup up top), the blog topics, and the words to speak (which He continues to faithfully provide). Having never written a blog post or set up up a website in my life, I was totally lost. Jesus and I were definitely embarking on a new adventure. A painful, life-changing, yet rewarding adventure.
Since its inception, HDD has touched individuals in over 75 countries, and to me this is HUGE. Anytime I hear of an individual reader being impacted by HDD (and the words the Lord gives), that is truly transformational for me as a person. Doing what I do brings me extreme fulfillment, humility, and honor. But, it has cost me dearly, and for me to say otherwise would be completely dishonest. I don’t state that to bring me glory; I am simply stressing this point as a source of encouragement for you.
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34
Had I resisted His instruction, I would be graduating this fall and excitedly planning for grad school. At times, it’s easy for me to dwell on this fact. Only a couple of years go, Jesus and I made plans for me to become a Registered Dietitian then pursue a PhD. Never would I have thought that He’d interrupt His own plans (at least as I understood them to be).
But had I proceeded to move forward with the original plan, ignoring His instruction, then my life most certainly would also have been miserable. Choosing to get into grad school (a glorified goal in my own mind) would have put me outside of His will, and I would have missed out on HDD. That thought prompted me to reflect on the true condition of my heart: What was my perception of real success? Was it to be found in education (or a career with a title)? Or is it found in following Christ (and helping His beloved throughout the process)?
Quickly I realized that instead of worshiping God, who gives me my dreams, I had started worshiping the dream itself. Unfortunately I was also seeking to resolve my identity from it . Over these past several months, I’ve been able to have a serious heart-check. Praise be to God.
“Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Exodus 34:14
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.” Galatians 5:1 –
“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” Romans 12:3
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Throughout this gruesome, self-revealing process, I’ve come to realize that we often miss incredible opportunities (with great potential to transform this world). Sometimes it’s due to a heart of disobedience, but other times it can be the faith-deteriorating process known as over-rationalism. When God asks for something that doesn’t readily make sense, we may procrastinate, act in fear of the opinions of others (even within the family of believers), or sheepishly dismiss it as not having heard Him correctly.
We can so easily rationalize ourselves right out of God’s will. God is certainly logical, beloved. But there is nothing in the Word that defines God as always being rational to our human minds. Rationalism is very much a contemporary ideology that elevates the mind over the spirit (the very means through which God often speaks words of faith to us). Unchecked rationalism can extinguish the flame of faith, and I’ve experienced this in my walk with Him.
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.” 1 Corinthians 13:11
“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8-9
“‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the LORD. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool’.” Isaiah 1:18-19
At the end of the day, we will stand before Christ, the risen King of Glory, to give an account for our lives. Therefore, we will have times where we must choose between investing in Christ (being obedient to what He’s asked us to do), or pursuing what appears best to us (what we want to do).
If we truly desire to accomplish great things, it will cost us something. There’s no way around it. If we choose to obey Christ by denying ourselves, picking up our cross, and following Him, we will be criticized. Sometimes those closest to us will do the criticizing. Don’t be disheartened, beloved. God is good, and He will never leave us, forsake us, or lead us down a road of destruction.
Remember this today as you follow Him: Radical obedience requires radical faith with a deeply rooted trust in God. Yet whatever the cost, He will always honor those who seek to honor Him. He is faithful, beloved.
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