11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Eph. 6: 11-13
I just watched the 2011 movie In Time featuring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried and it was, wow! The film depicts a future where people stop aging but are only engineered to live one more year. People use deceitful methods to gain immortal youth. However, Justin and Amanda’s characters fight the system to save innocent people. This movie was so relevant to me because I started thinking about the amount of time we waste in life. What if we knew exactly how much time we had left? How differently would we live day to day, minute to minute, second to second? Would we treat our spouses differently? Would we have a greater appreciation for our children; our elders? Would we strive for greatness day in and day out to ensure our final destination is Heaven?
I went to a wedding Saturday of a young couple that has sown into my life simply by their lifestyle. I used to say that I am against young marriage. But of all of the unions I have witnessed, none have felt as God-ordained than this young man and woman. They are true testaments of being created for each other. They exercise putting God first and obeying His direction. I know God will use their marriage to benefit the Kingdom of God.
I look at myself and wonder if I have this type of obedience in my life? Do I put God first in all that I do? When I have questions, do I seek Him for the best answer? Or do I call on people for guidance? Do I trust my feelings more than the spiritual inclination that comes from the Holy Spirit living in me, providing me the power of discernment?
We always want to feel good. I found myself irritated the other day because I woke up with a sore throat. I’m so used to being the only thing that can slow me down, not a force greater than myself that I can’t control. But I sense God showing me that if I can be persistent and consistent during times of discomfort, then He can trust me to remain obedient as He elevates me. He will not take me to the next level until He is sure I can handle where I am currently.
I want God to be at the center of everything I do. One, because I’ve never experienced a love like His before and my love for Him runs deeper than any amount of success. Secondly, because I know His way is so much better than my own. Lastly, because I want my destiny to be great. I want my reward in Heaven to be bountiful and I know that comes from my obedience.
Let’s not waste another moment worrying about tomorrow or complaining about today. Be grateful for the countless blessings you have been given. You do not deserve anything but waiting for you is everything once you let go of your will in exchange for His perfection.
-Renée Nicole Gibson Twitter: disclosednative IG: ms_disclosednative