Skimming the Surface

Cathy Hurtado

"This past week I was working through my Bible study.  Admittedly, I was racing through it.  I got to a place where it said, “I _______________, am committed to …”  I started to write my name in the blank when the Holy Spirit stopped me, “Do you know what you are putting your name to?”  I went back and read the sentences slowly.  It said, “ I, _________________, am committed to all God has for me this week.  I will respond in obedience.  I will allow the Holy Spirit to work inside of me.  I am surrendered to God.”

I had to start asking myself:

·  Am I committed to all God has for me this week, spending time with Him when He wants, staying as long as He or I need?
·  Would I say no to the distractions in my life – translated not press the power button on my any number of things?
·  Was I willing to change my schedule and step out in faith if there was something God needed me to do that I was not planning on?
·  Was I willing to die to myself saying to God, “Your will, not mine!”

My heart genuinely wants to please God, but I can get caught up in being in a hurry.  Hurrying my time with God stunts my growth.  The few minutes I took to think through and pray through what it would mean to be committed to all God had for me that week radically changed my outlook for the day and the week.  I had to confess that my agenda was not God’s agenda.  I had to surrender to His will for the week and not mine.  I was reminded how easy it is skim the surface in my walk with God and miss the transforming power of time spent with God at a heart level.  Skimming does not allow time for the Word and the Spirit to search my heart and expose its sin.  Skimming does not give to the time to make the necessary heart adjustments to be surrendered to God.  Take a heart inventory today…are you just skimming the surface in your walk with God? What will it take for you to walk with God at a heart level?

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers."  Psalm 1:1-3

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