We Either Are or We Aren't
"Anyone who isn't with me opposes me, and anyone who isn't working with me is actually working against me." -Matthew 12:30
There is a great movie that came out called Grace Unplugged. The story is about a girl named Grace who wants to pursue her dream to become a singer, and moves away from home to the pop music capital of the world: L.A. However, she does it out of frustration with her family -- specifically because she is feeling smothered by her dad.
There are many decisions we make out of the heat of emotion that we will probably regret. But no matter how bad people treat us or what happens to us in life, we are still responsible for our own actions and the roads they may take us down. No one else will be accountable for us when our lives on this earth are over, and so we need to make the best decisions we can -- without allowing our emotions to take over. The decisions we make now will impact us for eternity, and eternity is a long, long time.
I won't tell you the ending of the movie, but toward the end, Grace is faced with the reality of where her decisions have taken her. She comes to a turning point -- she has to choose whether she will serve herself and her desires -- or if she will choose to serve God and make it right with her family and friends.
The Bible speaks very candidly about the black and white of serving God. We can't serve ourselves, the enemy, or money and God at the same time. We're either serving God or we're not. But the truth is, serving God is much better -- in this life and the life to come.
Are there any areas of your life that you need to give completely over to God? Surrendering our lives to Him is one of the best things we can do -- He is big enough to handle any problem that we face. We can trust Him to bring our destiny to pass.
Related resource: Trusting God by Jerry Bridges