What are you singing right now? What is the cry of your heart? I don’t know about you, but I am desperate to see God move in my life, my family, my church, my community, and my nation. We are in need of a mighty move of God in our land right now. I want to see the Holy Spirit poured out in people’s lives. I want to see hearts changed, bringing salvation, restoration, healing, deliverance, and revival. I want to see people on their knees, crying out to God, praying, believing, receiving, worshiping, serving, going, and doing in the name of Jesus. Don’t you?
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12, NIV).
Yes, Jesus said with faith, we could do even greater things. So let me ask the question: What’s holding us back? What is it that is keeping you and me from doing what God has called us to do in the Great Commission–to go and make disciples in His name? What would it look like in my life if I had more of the power of God at work in me? What would it feel like? How would my family be different? My church? My workplace? My community?
I’m not satisfied with the status quo. I’m not satisfied to just play church. I’m not content to warm a pew each week and go home the same way I came in. I. Want. To. See. God. Move. I’m pretty sure God desires to see revival in my heart more than I do. The problem is not with Him; it’s with me.
There’s a song in my Spotify Indie playlist that I love to listen to as I pray and worship during my quiet time. I listen and I sing the words with all my heart. And I truly mean them. So how is it that I can get up from my quiet time and get out into my daily routine, and forget all about the words to that song? What is it that is hindering that song from being the cry of my heart all day long?
I’ve often thought about how we sing songs like “I Surrender All” but we only want to surrender some. I can recall a time that I was leading worship and singing the lyrics to a song that declares Jesus as my “everything.” When we finished the song, the speaker said, “I’m just curious, but what do you mean by that? Is He really everything to you all the time?”
I thought for a second and I responded, “Maybe not, but when I worship I’m declaring the cry of my heart. I may not always make Him everything, but I sure do want Him to be.” Let me just say that they cry of my heart is to know God more and to make Him known, but there is a disconnect between what my heart desires and what I’m living out moment by moment. Can anyone relate?
So, today I’ve decided to just be bold and make a declaration. I want more of God in my life, and I am willing to do whatever it takes to see that become reality. Whatever is holding me back, I am willing to throw off.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
The only answer I know is that I’ve got to get my eyes off this life–the problems, issues, pleasures, distractions, responsibilities–and fix my eyes on Jesus. He began the work in me and He will be faithful to complete it–not in my strength but in His. My part is to “throw off” everything that stands in the way. He will do the rest. So, I’m sharing my song with you–the cry of my heart. I pray that it will become the cry of your heart as well. And if you are willing to make a public profession to lay aside every hindrance and seek more of God in your life, please add a comment below. Just think what God could do with hundreds or thousands of us who just aren’t willing to settle for anything less.
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