FROM THE PASTOR'S PORCH: Adjust your life to God's calling
When the Lord put it on my heart to start COWBOY COUNTRY CHURCH a little over seven years ago, I had more than a few concerns about obeying God in this endevor. At the time, I was a Praise and Worship Leader; I was not a preacher, and I certainly was not a Pastor. I not only didn't know anything about these things, I didn't even suspect what I was gettin' myself into!! I was sure that God knew what He was doin', but I just wasn't sure if I did.
I have discovered that the problem of obeying God did not lie in my lack of knowledge or experience. The problem lay in my willingness to make the necessary adjustments in my life in order to obey God in what He had called me to do. If you beleive that you are called by God to do something or that He is giving you an assignment, there is no way that you can go straight from beleiving God to obeying God without making major adjustments in your life.
When God puts a clear calling on your life, the mental decision that this is happening is easy. The hard part is making adjustments in your life to God and taking action that demonstrates your Faith. Like me, you may be called to do something that only God can accomplish! Before I started COWBOY COUNTRY CHURCH, I pretty much only attempted what I knew that I could accomplish on my own, but when God gives you a God Sized assignment, major adjusments in your life will be required.
Why is that? Luke 14:33 "Any of you who does not give up everthing he has cannot be my disciple." Will God really ask you to make such drastic adjustments in your life for him? The answer is absolutely YES!! God is interested in your absolute surrender to Him. If you won't surrender to him, you cannot be obedient and He cannot use you!!
God may not call you to start a church, but He will call you to serve him in some God sized project that may be way different from anything you ever dreamed. You may have to make adjustments in your circumstances, your relationships, your thinking, your commitments, your actions, and even what you beleive just to name a few. Just remember that God Loves you and His will for your life is always best!! Any adjustment God expects you to make is for your own good. If you will make the adjusments in your life to be obedient to God, it won't be long until you'll be singing, "I wouldn't take nothin' for my journey now!!". May God bless you richly, ~Pastor Lynn