January 20, 2020
Have you ever paid attention to what has your attention? What do you wake up and think about? What is the last thing on your mind as you fall asleep? What, in life, has your focus?
Pastor Selena spoke about re-engaging our soul this past Sunday. What does re-engaging our soul look like? Honestly, it can look different for each person. The root of it must be seeking God and His will in our lives. In Matthew 16:24-27, Jesus tells us “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me” (NLT). The cross was not an easy task to carry. It was heavy, but it brought freedom! The cross you pick up may not be easy, but it should bring freedom.
This 21 day fast we are going through as a church is not easy. I often want to give up, however, I have to keep my eyes on Christ and remember, he picked up THE cross and in doing so, he paid the price for my freedom. Is a little discomfort and crankiness more than what Jesus did for me? My stomach may be hungry, but what about my soul? I should take this time to feed my soul. Psalm 107:9 states, “For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with good.” Re-engaging my soul means reading God’s word and being satiated with Jesus Christ.
In the end, Selena asked us these questions and I keep them in my mind when I want to give up…. “What price am I willing to pay? Am I willing to be uncomfortable? Is there anything worth more than my soul? When I put my discomfort into perspective, I can’t help but thank Jesus for His ultimate discomfort and remember, this discomfort is temporary and, in the process, I am engaging my soul with the Creator of the universe.