To Love & To Lead: Staff Discussions

GOD IS CALLING...WILL YOU LISTEN?

Posted on Sep 26, 2017 by Brian Seewald, Youth and Family Pastor

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For the first time in my life, the scales were removed from my eyes. God was calling out to me in a very loud voice.  He wasn’t going to allow me to say the word “no” anymore.  A very bold question was asked of me that night by God in my heart: “If it was to be just you and Me, will that be enough for you?”  I finally said yes! This was on February 12, 1996. It is still such a vivid memory to me. Why? Because it was literally the most valuable first step I could make. However, what I would do from that point would be even more important.

Matthew 15:8 says, “People honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” This was me! I spoke about God. I was present at “church stuff”. I had all the right intentions but one: surrender. I wasn’t ready to give up living for me. I wasn’t ready to put the cares, concerns, and pleasures of this world behind me. I allowed God to exist in my world at my convenience. I wanted a savior but needed a Lord...until that wonderful Monday night.

It hasn’t been perfect but I have perfection in mind; perfection of the heart. It has been a much different road. The scenery is way different. God’s views are much more glorious! My outlook is different. I still battle the selfish side of me. But I am now in the battle! 1 Corinthians 10:31 “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” I want my life, as a whole, every area, to cast the shadow of the cross wherever I go, whatever I do and in whatever I say. I do not want to fall back to what Revelations 2:4 says, “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” It is time for all Christians to reconnect to their first and true love: Jesus! Will you join me on the different road? Will you join me in the battle? God is calling…will you listen?



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