Updated: May 13, 2021
One of the most common social media posts says something like, “Would you punch your brother in the face for a million dollars?” Now I don’t have a brother, but I know the answer to that question, duh. So let me ask you, what would you do for a million dollars. Would you eat something completely disgusting? Would you never eat pizza again? Would you live on a deserted island if you could have an unlimited supply of Chick-Fil-A and a solid internet connection, but you have to share it with your 4th @.
At the end of the day, when something is incredibly valuable to us, we will do whatever it takes to earn the reward.
My question for you tonight is, would you endure what is hard spiritually speaking, if it meant living your best life in the future? You’ve probably heard me talk about how living in God’s will is the best way to live life. God made you and He knows how you can live out your calling and find the greatest fulfillment. So how do we do this?
It’s kind of like learning how to play a harmonica, it takes about 10 minutes to learn, and 10 years to master. In other words, it's easy to explain that submitting to God’s discipline is a good thing, but walking that out and actually experiencing God shaping and molding us into who He wants us to be is an incredibly difficult process for us. But the only way to experience the fulfillment of a life that is completely fulfilled, is to submit to God, you’re creator!
Think about these two verses found in Job 5:17-18,
“But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin. For though he wounds, he also bandages.
He strikes, but his hands also heal.
One of the things that stands out to me from reading this is that Godly discipline is a good thing. There is a such thing as good discipline. I once had a teacher in high school who was incredibly hard on me and a couple of my friends. I thought that he hated us, then one day he calls me into his office to talk about things in class. He told me that he saw ton of potential in us as a team and wanted to see us achieve our potential. It was one of the most fulfilling conversations that I’ve ever had. From that point on, I took his discipline, not as a man who hated me, but as a leader who wanted to see me reach the height of my potential.
The funny thing is from that point on, I wanted his discipline and I actually feared losing it, because I saw the students that he went easy on as students that he didn’t see much potential in.
I don’t want to be a follower or Jesus that doesn’t ever hear from Jesus. I want to be the greatest follower of Jesus that I can possibly be. I don’t want to settle for just being average, I want to be more than that. I want to be everything that He has called me to be. I want everything that God has for me.
The truth is, I want this for you too, but as hard as I try to put it into words, to motivate you, to challenge you. This is a decision that you have to make on your own. The reality is that while many people want to be extraordinary, not many people will actually do what it takes to reach the extraordinary. It’s hard, it’s uncomfortable, it can be humiliating, it takes stepping out from our perceived stability, into the unknown. Remember, of all of the disciples, it was only Peter that stepped out of the boat. When I see that, I don’t want to be in the boat, I want to step out towards Jesus.