Hi everyone! I have a guest on my blog this week. Her name is Megan Daulton, and she is the wife of our youth pastor at our church. But, that is not why I asked Megan to guest here. I asked her because when I read her first blog post I could clearly see that she has a heart for God and a burning desire to live her life for HIM. Very refreshing for a young woman her age.
I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did, and I also hope that you will leave a comment of encouragement and congratulations to Megan on her new adventure!
Be Uncomfortable – By Megan Daulton
A lot has been burdening my heart lately, things that I cannot carry on my own. More and more I am observing the lack of devotion to God and discipline to do what the Bible commands. There is this mentality of adhering to certain standards, while ignoring others. “God looks at the heart,” has become an excuse to continue to sin, as if the motive behind the sin is something pure and blameless before God. Stealing is wrong, but getting drunk is not. Or having sex outside of marriage is wrong, but watching television filled with lust is not. What makes me more uncomfortable than anything, is I am seeing it more in myself, and am repenting more than ever for my sinful nature. What I am seeing is not identical to the person next to me, but at the foundation, it is the same. I don’t fail in areas of drunkenness, murder, stealing, etc, but I find myself dishonoring my husband, putting activities above God, failing to include Jesus more in decisions (when I know I should), etc. I struggle with pride, and that struggle takes on many forms. I. Am. Uncomfortable.
I am beginning to realize more than ever before that I will never stop being convicted, as long as I have an intimate relationship with Jesus. We need to be uncomfortable. When people stop being intimate with Jesus, and listening to Him, they stop being convicted. They become desensitized to their sinful actions and thoughts. There are no longer movies or music that are prohibited. Cussing is normal; there are “bigger” sins out there. Drinking too much is no longer too much. Anyone can get with anyone, because “love is love.” Telling white lies doesn’t really count as lying. Dishonoring is justified if the leader is unfair, and hating is acceptable when the person has wronged you.
We need to be uncomfortable.
Being uncomfortable with your sin means you are moving in the right direction. It means that you acknowledge that what you’ve done, or what you’re doing is wrong. The next step is humbling yourself enough to repent, thus putting yourself in position to receive grace, and allowing Jesus to transform you. We need a people who are set apart from this world, and are able to discern even the most subtle attacks and influences of Satan. When I am consistently spending time with Jesus, and am being sensitive to what He’s speaking to me, I am more equipped and strengthened to keep myself from evil- no matter how “large” or “small.” How can I be at peace in my soul when a holy and righteous God is sitting on His throne, and there are days that I have the nerve to lessen the weight of His Word, in attempts to excuse my selfish and prideful nature?
And yet, how great is the grace and love of God, despite my failures. Even in my most sinful state, He loves me and calls out to me. If you’re anything like me, then you might be fed up with the increasing sin around you, but you might also be fed up with yourself. We are called to something greater than what we’ve allowed ourselves to reside in. He is calling us all out of our darkness, (gray areas included), and into the light. We are to be in this world, but not of this world, and are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Let’s not settle for less, or satisfactory. Let us all be inspired to go deeper in intimacy with Jesus, leaving further and further behind the influence and voices of this world. There will be days that you fall, probably every day in one way or another, but God is good, and we can start over. There’s a reason He says to pick up your cross daily, because He already knew that there would be times we put it down. Keep being uncomfortable with your sin. Live a life of repentance, but while doing so, always be confident in God’s grace and love for you.
Romans 12:2 (ESV)- Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
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