“If you didn’t have to worry about money…”

One day my mom and I went to lunch, and this “table topic” was sitting on our table.  And so we asked one another that very question.  Mom went first, and she answered that she would play the piano in nursing homes, rehab centers, etc and maybe even get a masters in counseling or psychology.  After all, my mom has an incredible talent for playing the piano, but even bigger than this God-given talent is her heart for the weak and the lonely.

Most people that know me well would describe me like this: firstly, that I am “Sweet Sarah” and secondly, that I am an idealist, a dreamer.  Excuse me now if too much of my dreamer side comes out here, but I have a question to ask:

Why is it a bad thing to dream big?

Why do we settle for the comfort of what we know rather than dare to do great things

for the glory of God?

I look at my mom, and I see her and all that she does.  She works day in and day out, yes, in a place that she enjoys, but I beg to ask the question: “Mom, why don’t you play the piano at home anymore?  Why don’t you go to a nursing home or to a hospice center on Saturdays to share your gift?  Is life so “busy” with what we “have” to do that we can’t do the things for which God has placed a desire in our heart to do?”

What is keeping Christians from living as God’s word requires?  If the issue is money, why don’t we sell the house and get a smaller one?  If the issue is our obligations, why don’t we prioritize what’s most important?  If the issue is stuff, then why don’t we clear out the clutter?  If the issue is safety, why don’t we see that we are sheep, and He is the great shepherd?  If the issue is reading parts of the Bible that make us feel uncomfortable, then why don’t we erase all that we know and start over again?  Why don’t we value a childlike faith?

Through Isaiah in chapter 55 verses 1-2, the Lord speaks to us today, saying:

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;

and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!

Come, buy wine and milk

without money and without price.

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,

and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”

God is calling each and every single one of us today.  Do you crave something more in your relationship with God?  He is saying to you, “Come and drink!  I am living water.  I am life.”  He doesn’t want your money, and He doesn’t want your worldly success.  He who has no money, come and buy! That is the beauty of the Gospel: you bring nothing to His table yet receive everything in return.  But you have to bring nothing. All that you are laboring for, does that quench the hunger and thirst that you have?  He is offering to you the only thing that will satisfy: His blessing and His love.

Now I leave you with a question.  If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would you do?

Would you do what you are doing today?

Wrestle.

Does your relationship with God ever seem dry?  Does it ever seem to go through a state of complacency or even decay?

In the past few months, my relationship with God has gone through a state of complacency.  What I mean by saying this is that when presented with the opportunity to please God or please myself, it was much easier to serve myself and my own wishes.  It was always much easier to criticize my body or aspects of my personality than to accept them as beautiful parts of how God created me.  In my relationship with my boyfriend, it was easy for us to rely on one another rather than to seek for God’s smile.  With my dad, it was easier to think of how I have disappointed him and how I’m not the daughter that I should be to him.

“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,

for it is God who works in you,

both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:12-13

We all have struggles.  Every single one of us reaches times in our lives where we feel empty of true life or true happiness.  Those times are true because they are always times of complacency with our faith.

But these times, we must struggle through them.  We must wrestle the sin and see that Christ is always the victor.  He has overcome it all (John 16:33).  Whenever we see Christ in all of His glory, in all of His white, we will be overwhelmed by Him, all of Him.

As a believer, we know that He dwells inside of our bodies, working at OUR salvation!  As someone that doesn’t believe or isn’t quite sure, man, see how Jesus fights and wrestles.  It’s not against you, but against the sin that lives inside.  Trust that He has come, not for the “high and mighty,” but He has come for every person that doesn’t believe that they even deserve to be saved.

Are you going through a rough patch in your faith or a time of complacency?  Then wrestle.  Fight for salvation because it’s God that works inside of you that you may find true joy and happiness in His will and His pleasure.

Wrestle.