Is it about me? Or him? 1st Corinthians 9:22-23 (Message Version)

Have you ever been in a predicament where you have a chance to serve God but in a way that you aren’t used to? A way that takes you out of your comfort zone? Have you ever thought that maybe that’s what you need to take your eyes off of yourself? That’s exactly what happened to me.

I received an email from a church leader asking me if I would do a 3 minute monologue on the minor prophet Obadiah. I have been used to being on stage, but mostly to sing or Rap but never to do a monologue. I was in a predicament. I had to choose, me or God.  I really wanted to choose me and could hear my flesh screaming, but I knew deep down inside that God had a bigger plan for all of this. That’s truly what it’s all about isn’t it?

I don’t want to do it because I _______ ( <——- insert what ever excuse that relates)…

I think Paul said it best

1st Corinthians 9:22-23

I’ve become just about every sort of servant there is in my attempts to lead those I meet to a God-Saved life. I did all this because of the message. I didn’t just want to talk about it, I wanted to be it.

Wow.. .wait… Let’s back up a bit. “Just about every sort of servant”! And I’m having a hard time doing a monologue? I realize now that I was struggling with pride and in hindsight I see that God wanted to show me that my confidence need’s to be in him! The message of Obadiah is about Pride. Edom was eventuality destroyed by their own pride.

When we tell Jesus that he is Lord of our lives we are telling him that we place him first and that nothing will come before him. So if the opportunity arises we need to allow him to use us to bless others. I have much more growing to do in this subject. Just because I made a good choice to serve God in doing the monologue doesn’t mean that I have denied all of my rights. My heart is willing but my flesh is weak. Even though we have no rights we still tend to live life as something that we can fit God into.

Luke 9:23  The Message (MSG)

Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.

So if we deny ourselves we will find our true identity in Christ. If we will allow God to lead us by his spirit we first need to throw away our plans for our life.

The monologue went well and God blessed me in my obedience. I remember the second out of the 3 times I did the monologue, quieting my heart and saying “Lord shine through me and lead me”. I had memorized the monologue but didn’t really give it all to Jesus until that moment. I heard him softly say to me ” I will”.

The hard truth is that unless we allow God to lead us we will never truly know who we are. But if we allow him to take our hand even into situations that are out of our comfort zone, we will see true growth with our identity in him.

Has a situation like this ever happend to you? If so, please comment below.


It all starts with a humble heart ♥

I have been a Christian, or shall I say believer for quite some time. However, most of the time I saw God’s plan for my life as something that I have a say in.

1 Corinthians 10:14

So, my very dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can.

I have dabbled in music for over 15 years and at one point in my life I felt as if it would be my full-time job and desired nothing else. That was my problem, I desired to be successful so badly that I put everything aside.. my family, my friends and God. If you knew me back then you wouldn’t have liked me. I thought the world revolved around me and wouldn’t give you a chance…. that is unless you owned a record company, a venue or if I could benefit from knowing you in some way shape or form. I was deeply hurt and deeply lost.

Why am I telling you this? Because God has brought me a long way and can bring you out of what you are dealing with. No matter what it is. But it all starts with humble heart. The word says “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Or “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up.” Do you find it hard to walk in humility with your family and friends? The hard truth is this, God loves you and if you don’t end up humbling yourself he will humble you. And usually there is some sort of tragedy involved.

I sat down with my wife and daughter faced with a choice. Will I continue to neglect my family through the Pride I took in music? Or will I give it up and be a father and husband and even more so a Christian? Needless to say I made the hardest choice I’ve ever had to make. It tore me apart but I needed that change. I needed that freedom. I then began to find my identity in Christ. If I can be frank, I almost lost my family because of my Lust after music.

I now have a servant’s heart and have dedicated my life to God. It took me giving up what I wanted the most to finally see God. That’s what I call the great choice. Please, search your heart and ask God to help you remove that selfish desire and allow God’s Holy Spirit to replace that desire. I have seen this scenario time and time again in my own walk with God. You won’t regret it though. Before you know it the light bulb will come on and you will feel terrible for being the way you were for so long.

My Challenge to you: What is keeping you from your family and God? It could be anything from television to Drinking. What is it? The truth is that God want’s to replace that heart’s desire with a desire for him. He has done that time and time again in my life and he WILL do it for you if you will allow him to. Keep in mind that others share in this great choice. Which will you choose Christ or _______? (You fill in the blank)