Tonight at Ethos Church here in Nashville, Dave Clayton spoke from John chapter 3. He said to enter the Kingdom we must come to the realization that we have nothing to offer God. Dave said that nothing but a full surrender to God and the way of Christ will ever satisfy us.
From my own life experience, I can tell that he’s right.
This season of my life is proving to be incredibly busy. There are some benefits to being busy. I like being busy because that way I don’t get bored much. Doing a lot of things means that I get to meet and interact with so many great, unique people. God has continued to put people in my life who bless me regularly. In all that has been going on, finding time to spend with God has become difficult. Now more than ever, I find myself in need of times of prayer. Just taking a step back and praying about the different aspects of my life has been more of a blessing than anything. Whether it is walking back to my dorm late at night, or when I am in the car by myself, the time I spend with God has become incredibly restful. The truth is, so often I just want to say, “I don’t have time for this,” mainly because I don’t, but I normally make time. For me, it’s not necessarily going off by myself to some place of solitude, but it is more about inviting God into my life day in and day out. I have spent more time in prayer this semester than I have at any other point in my life. One of the main reasons I find myself praying so much is that I have no idea what I am doing. I have felt overwhelmed and in-over-my-head recently more than ever. This has helped me to understand what Dave spoke about tonight. I have now realized that I am ill-prepared to handle anything of any magnitude whatsoever. Turning to God has been a comfort, and He has shown me things that I would not have seen otherwise. God has blessed this portion of my life very richly and continues to put people in my life who amaze me. A focus on God and a focus on loving his people has blessed my life in more ways than I could ever imagine. Picking up our cross and following the path Jesus has left for us is more rewarding than anything we could ever do for ourselves.
Naturally, we want to take care of everything, but we can’t. I learn that more and more everyday. God cares, and He cares a lot. Big or small, there’s nothing that we can do for ourselves that can’t do a better job of. True satisfaction can only be found in Christ, and a maintaining a relationship with Him is first and foremost.