I once heard someone say, “Our lives should be the number one worship song.” In the end, that’s what it’s about. We can sing the greatest songs, do the most amazing things but in the end what matter most is the life we live. After all, what’s the point in singing something that we don’t live out? We sing songs of surrender, but do we really give it all to Him 24/7? Character and integrity are really, REALLY important when it comes to worship.
I have had many encounters with the Lord in my life. But I wouldn’t say I completely on fire and sold out for Jesus. I remember the turning point in my life. It was the winter of 2007. I was at a youth retreat, which was ironically called “Ski Retreat” even though there was no skiing involved at all. I remember one day being called in to a meeting by my youth pastor. I knew something was up. I’m not going to go into detail about the meeting, all I can say is that I was a turning point in my life. From that day one I resolved to give everything I had to God and be on fire for Him. Though to this day I can that I haven’t lived perfectly, I have not compromised on my decision since that day.
You see, one life choice can change everything. Decisions to do or not do something can affect your life and others that follow you. You don’t live your life for other people, but you need to know that people are watching. This is sobering because we know that we reflect God to others. To many, we are the only “Jesus” that people will see. We need to take character seriously. We are accountable to what’s in our heart and our lives.
God is inviting us to a set a standard of holiness. He knows we’ll mess up at times, but “His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-24). We must take every action in accountability to God. Bill Johnson gives a good illustration on living life hosting God’s presence (read the book Hosting God’s Presence by Bill Johnson it is amazing!) How would move, speak, or act if you had a dove (represents Holy Spirit) on your shoulder? What would you heart attitude be like? What would your life look like when no one’s watching?
I want to end with this- the grey scales. We know of black and white. What is murder? Black. What is stealing? Black. What is giving? White. What is loving? White. What is listening to _________ (insert band name)? This is what we call the grey area. The key when it comes to the grey area is that God needs to tell you what’s wrong or right for you. Don’t listen to others, only Him. Listening to others is simply an easy way out. Learn to rely on Him, the Holy Spirit, to help you make decisions in life, big or small. But, whatever decisions you make, know this: Colors on the grey scale are defined by how the light shines through it. In others, sometimes it’s best to make the “best” decision instead of just the “good” one.
Eventually, over time, your mind will get accustomed to His as you bring every decision to Him. Let you heart and ears be wide open to Him. Allow Him to strengthen and mold you as you carry Him to the world around you.