Do you ever wonder what God is up to in your life? Ever question or ask just why God seems to be leading you in a specific direction? We have recently, so allow me to share my heart with you and what God has taught us as we embrace this new season of change.
Our lives are a series of cycles, patterns, and at times repetitions. The challenge we face many times is going from cycle to cycle and arriving at a place where we find peace and accept that we’re done with a current cycle and need to move on to the next place.
My intent is not to trivialize or over simplify the challenge of accepting change, which for some may be easier than others. It is reality, however, that change comes to all and we must learn to accept being repositioned if we are to find renewed joy and embrace challenges.
Overstaying can lead to stagnation
Overstaying an assignment when God is calling us to change direction or to move on, can cause stagnation. For the most part, we can get comfortable, cozy and convince ourselves we are where we need to be. It’s that dreaded comfort zone, and even if we have outgrown our purpose and God is desiring to reposition us, we don’t like the boat to be rocked too much because…well we’re fine. But are we truly?
No one is indispensable but when God repositions us to where we are needed most, we should want to serve and obey our heavenly Father and accept where He desires and calls us to be. God loves us too much to leave us comfortable and stagnant. Let’s not overstay at the risk of our spiritual wellbeing.
Don’t resist being repositioned
In recent months, God has opened a door of change in the area of our church attendance and service. Small thing right? Not really, not when you’re part of something that’s already thriving and full of life. When God leads us into something that requires repositioning, we’re faced with a series of questions that we want answers for.
A war is fought on many fronts. An savvy commanding officer knows where and when to send soldiers with specific abilities to a battle front. He may recall a platoon from one front to join another on a different front because that is where their specific abilities are most needed. However resentful those soldiers may feel in accepting the reality of the reassignment, a soldier is trained to obey orders without question and accept repositioning without argument.
As members of God’s army, we need to learn to accept repositioning and reassignment to spiritual battle fronts where we may be most effective. God sees the whole picture while we tend to look at ourselves and focus on our happiness. I’ve been there and thrown tantrums at God along with the best of tantrum throwers; but if we resist the process, how can God trust us in the future? I love God and I will do what I need to please my Father. Will you?
How will I know God is asking me to reposition?
When, how and is this truly God? These questions may stomp us. Learning to hear God’s voice in unique to each of us because of our degree of sensitivity to God and His direction. I want to challenge you to cultivate sensitivity to God’s voice. How? We must learn to be still and to allow His voice to speak.
This means setting aside distractions, learning to sit still and ask God to reveal His heart to us. I used the words cultivating sensitivity because this is a process not based on feelings but a witness of the heart. God has a way to communicate with each of us; a sweet small voice, a phone call from a trusted friend, a verse in the Bible, an article you read, and any of these can speak directly to our need. Like a seed, it takes time, rays of sun and water to let the seed grow. Develop your sensitivity to God’s voice by spending time with Him in meditation, prayer and worship. Let Him grow that seed so you will know when He speaks and can therefore obey.
In my own experience and watching other people struggle with change, it is true that it’s easier to speak about then to actually pulling the trigger. This is where the rubber hits the road. We may sense that one season of our lives is closing out, and that can mean rolling up our sleeves and starting fresh. This can be a daunting prospect for many. If this is what God asks though, then so be it! I would rather be challenged and feel a little uncomfortable than not be obedient to God.
How about you? Is God’s trying to get your attention? Is He tugging at your heart? We all are valuable members of the body of Christ the church. Play that part, embrace the change, stop just talking about it and let God lead you to where He wants to use your calling, gifts and abilities to bless the body of Christ on a greater level.
See you on the battle front.
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.