People find themselves wondering why God hasn’t changed them. They have asked God for the things they want, but they still don’t have them. Or they have a picture of what the life of a believer should be like, but they aren’t there yet. They might be asking, “Why hasn’t God done something huge in my life? Why doesn’t God speak to me?”
I think we have to say, “God, I’m open to it.” I think that time comes in every believer’s life. And when you say it — when you say, “God, I’m ready for a change” — then God says, “Finally! Finally you’re ready.” But to let Him change you, you have to truly give yourself up to Him.
There are so many people that believe in Jesus and have accepted Him as Christ and as Lord. But have they really taken up their crosses? Have they really said, “I’m in, Lord, I’m in! I’m willing to sacrifice. Go ahead and do something with me!”
It’s scary to do that! It’s a scary thing for a lot of people. I remember when I did it. I went to God and said, “Make me who you need me to be.” Do you know what happened? I went through a lot of pain and confusion! Fortunately, I had a good book to read — Bob Sorge’s Pain, Perplexity, and Promotion — and it helped me get through. Because it was a tough time, man. Really tough.
Every leader has suffered turmoil. When you look through history at the people who wanted to get to the next level of leadership, you’ll see that every one of them went through pain and perplexity. They went through frustration. They had bad times!
Look at David. God told David he was going to be king, but David waited decades before it happened. And the time didn’t pass easy, either. King Saul sent his entire army after David with orders to kill him, and David had to hide out in a cave. Can you imagine the turmoil it would make in your life to be chased by an entire army set on killing you? These were bad times for David! And it wasn’t the limit of the bad things that happened. Afraid for his life, David lied to Abimelech, and because of David’s lie, there was a massacre. Abimelech and all the priests of the city were killed! (1 Samuel 21-22)
My pain and confusion didn’t reach those heights, but it was a tough time. Still, I truly wanted it. I wanted to live fully, living the life that God wants for me. So I asked. I said, “Okay God, I’m ready to change. Make me who you need me to be. I am clay. Mold me into what you need me to be.”
Mold me. I asked, and that’s what I got. I went through fire! If you are hesitant to ask, I completely understand. Who wouldn’t be wary of going through the fire? And perhaps you’ve been there already. If so, you get it. Jesus is the Savior of your life. He saved your life.
Not everyone takes up their cross, not right away. It’s a hard thing to do. It’s a scary moment you finally say to God, “Mold me.”
More on this next time. See you Thursday.