A major question everyone serving God must answer is: Who is your God?
Indeed Who is your God?
In September of 2012, I was at a ladies’ conference in Indianapolis, IN. And there was a break out session for pastor’s wives. It was so refreshing to be around women that are either in the similar situations with me or have been one time in the past and even some fresh ones. The fact that we were all from different backgrounds was really refreshing.
I remember we were asked to pick a partner at 2 different occasions and share with them. The first lady I shared with had been in ministry for a long time and so I was all ears while the other one was a newbie, she just married a pastor. Got married a month after the fiancé took the new pastoring position (and about 6 months prior then the conference) and now expecting their first child. As we talked, she was in tears. The pressure was so much on her already. Of course I could relate a bit with her. The pressure is much when different people come together and especially as the pastor’s wife.
Thinking about it now, I think I will write another post soon on the challenges and excitements of being a pastor’s wife- the good and the not so good 😉
Who Controls You?
Anyway, one thing for sure is that as a church member or let me say a christian, we are faced daily with decisions that make us wonder who our God is. I use this topic who is your God because many people come into your life and make demands on you, they many times dont even give you the room to either say no or explain what you think, they just want it and thats it.
Sometimes this comes in form of a custom believe or assumptions. In the case of the rookie pastor’s wife I met in 2012, one of her main challenge was that as she was welcomed to the church as a new pastor’s wife they asked her what she could do. They also stated to her that the previous pastor’s wife they had was the church pianist, was in kids church and was also baking the muffins for fellowship tea time after each Sunday service. You can see why she was in tears at the conference.
She like many of us then to compare ourselves with others and think we need to measure up in order to be respected. Then we start to put on ourselves burdens that God did not put on us. And this is why I ask you to really ask yourself that weird question: who is your God. As if I didn’t know you would say God/Jesus of course.
Well, its not that easy to answer. Who determines what the state of your heart is? Who tells you what to do or not do? Who’s influence takes the most part of your being? Who is the one on the throne (the highest throne) of your life? The list goes on. Who do you try to please with each action and decision? Is it your Mom, Dad, Hubby, Boss, Children, church member, Big Sister….
Or Are you the one on that throne?
In order to have a good and satisfying life, your God must be the Lord.
I have not found any other god like this God. One of the problems we have as Christians is that we compare God with other people in our lives and so we assume that he is also very demanding and fierce like so and so. We look at God with the same lens that people in our lives have and so we get stressed about this loving God.
Change of Mind Set
Let me invite you to clear out all your unproven thoughts and ideologies about God and begin to learn to know him for real. Put all your lenses down and look at Him for real.
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
He is not a task master, he is actually willing to take off your own load. So when others come to pile a load on you, learn to cast it all on Him.
After that take his yoke and burden, trust me that are not heavy at all. Try it out and you will see. And the good also is that he will also give you the grace to obey him. He wants to be your only God.
I found this free book on amazon that will show you 100 powerful reminders of who you truly are in Jesus. The more you know who you are the more you will find strength in your relationship with him. The more you begin to make decisions based on what God said and not what someone said or didn’t say, the more you will be at peace to live a rich and satisfying life. This Book is Free so buy for $0 on kindle, not sure how long it will be $0.
Also here is another book that may also help. This one is not free. It helps you to discover to character of God. Guiding you though scriptures.
Work hard to know your God, and then you will not need other gods in your life.
Who is Your God?
Joshua said to the people in Joshua 24:1
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (NKJV)