Really God? RADICAL Obedience?
As most of you know I volunteer for Proverbs 31 Ministries On-Line Bible Study Ministries. We are in Chapter 1 of an amazing book by Lysa TerKeurst - AND, across the US and 120 countries there are over 22,000 ladies reading this book and studying the Word with us. Does that not just make you want to squeal! It does me! The book, "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God".
The very last sentence of Chapter 1 is where my focus was this morning - not only is it highlighted PINK but today it now has blue ink circling it too. Check this out!...................
It is the call of the radically obedient woman who makes the choice to say yes to God
My first knowledge over 'radical obedience' came from David Platt in his book 'Radical'. It is one you will have to read yourself to understand how David sees 'RADICAL'. How about being told to list your house with a realtor when it wasn't even on the minds of you or your husband? (Lysa's experience!) Now, let me take this down a few notches, I am all for being obedient - but God hasn't yet placed something really 'radical' in my path yet. (I am looking for it to come at any time though) and wonder how I will react when that time comes.
In dealing with my routine of hitting the gym (not because I'm trying to maintain my fit body, but because I have another 70 lbs. to lose in order to reach my goal), I struggled this morning. I did a mile on the treadmill (at my own pace! nothing radical about that) - and I so wanted to quit - I had an internal battle raging.......Instead of quitting I programmed the machine and this time took off working 100% harder than the first mile. AH, obedience. God has been my biggest cheerleader in this fight to get healthy and fit. I want to serve Him in big ways. I want to be radically obedient in all things - for me it has to start with my weight. I was over 100 lbs. overweight. Do you think our Father in Heaven is looking upon us saying "It's ok Kelley, don't worry about that 70 lbs. You are ok at your current weight" - I don't think so! It's not healthy. I am totally disgracing my body, His temple. Radical Obedience, to keep on fighting to be the best I can be for Him.
My bible reading today took me to Nehemiah. What an incredible leader. This is an excerpt from my study bible:
'Simply claiming we have done as much as others isn't enough; we must do as much as we can as long as the Lord enables us' - Notes from the book of Nehemiah.
That's pretty powerful! How many times do we do just enough to get by, or we work until we feel we have done as much as our friend or neighbor.....THAT is not enough. Nehemiah says we must do as much as we can as long as the Lord enables us. (This my friend is the thinking that kept me going on the treadmill today - I gave the 1st mile 50% effort - that IS NOT the effort the Lord enabled me with).
In our P31 Bible Study Lisa says that the 'Road That Leads to Blessing' can only be achieved when you 'give walking in obedience your full attention'.
Walking in obedience, in all things, is going to change our lives. In Lysa's case, she was told to put her house on the market and sell it. Can you imagine hearing that from Jesus?
Take some time today and read the first few chapters of Nehemiah. He had concerns and felt called to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He followed up on what he cared about and knew would bring glory to God.
I'll close with this excerpt from my study bible:
A trait leaders share is an attitude of attentiveness that sees opportunities and cares what happens next.
How can you be obedient and take the next God given opportunity so you can make a difference in what happens next?
In God's Light,
Recommendations: "What Happens When Women Say Yes to God" by Lysa TerKeurst. Lysa's book can be purchased on the Proverbs 31 website. All proceeds from the books go back into purchasing more books! www.proverbs31.org
Our Online Bible Study can be found on the Proverbs 31 website as well. Follow the headers for "Online Bible Studies"
Join me in saying Yes to God and becoming RADICAL in my obedience for Him!