God wants to build something into your life. He desires to build something immovable, impenetrable, and powerful. What is this thing? A soul that is so sturdy that the storms of life, though hard and painful, will not knock you down. A faith so strong in its foundation.
How do we get there? Let’s take a look.
“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed” -Hebrews 12:12-13
Before we jump in, let’s look at the context. The writer of Hebrews in Hebrews ch. 11 is painting a picture. They are reminding the believers of God’s faithfulness in the lives of saints past, and is assuring them that God will continue to be faithful to His people. Ch. 11 collides with the beginning of chapter twelve, as the believer is now brought back to the reality of the current day and current mission, and that is to run the race (Heb. 12:1-4). How? By looking to Jesus and following His example.
This is where we come to our immediate context: discipline. The writer explains that just as our earthly fathers disciplined us, so must our Heavenly Father (Heb. 12:5-7). Why? Without it we would be illegitimate children. It’s purpose: We get to share in his holiness, it is for our good, and trains us in righteousness (Heb. 12:8-11).
This is an incredibly important chapter for us as believers. God’s desire is to train us. To train us to be holy and righteous. To train our souls to be immovable.
I view it like this. We are in basic training and God is our commanding officer. We have been out training for awhile. We are learning the skills, the techniques, the strategies to defeat the enemy. And let’s just say there is a point where you are ready. You have learned the skills. You have used the skills. You have studied. You are committed.
You and you’re commanding officer know how hard you have prepared for duty. And He is standing up in front of you, pacing back and forth between the group. You and your comrades eagerly await approval from the ultimate authority.
“You have all worked very hard to get to this point,” He begins. “I am very proud of you all. You are fine soldiers, and you will serve this country well. You are united, committed, and trained.” With this, he takes a long pause. And then he passes in front of each one us, staring intently into our very souls. “This mission will cost you everything. You will be asked to do more than you are capable of. But just know that I am with you.” The commanding officer takes a step into our well formed line, and continues “Many of you will die. But it will be worth it. It will be worth it because you will be serving your families, your country, and the entire world. So listen up. Stand up straight, bend your knees. We are heading into battle. Be committed entirely now. Don’t leave here with any doubt of what we will do out there, or you will be swallowed up in the midst of the battle.”
Everything in your life as a believer has been training you for God’s calling in your life. All the pain, suffering, discipline, even victories have been creating in you an immovable and unbreakable soul. And God is calling you now, with the training you have received, to step out in faith and be immovable on others peoples behalf. And the great news is that He has already won the war that we are heading into.
We as Christians are called to an intense commitment and discipline. This training of our souls will include every aspect of our lives. We will be asked to act and think a differently from the world. We will be asked to sacrifice and serve with everything that the Lord has given us. But it will be the most life giving thing you will experience. Bring all of yourself under the Lordship of Christ, and just see what He will use you to do.
Now I don’t want to disillusion you. God may call you to an ordinary job, or an ordinary role in His Kingdom. But in the midst of the ordinary, He will use you to invest and to speak life into darkness. He will use you to be immovable. And that is extraordinary.
As I prepare for the pastorate, the call to commitment weighs heavily on my soul. I have been trained. I have been used. Now, will I take that next step, and never look back? I am. I know that the life God is calling me to involves much sacrifice and selflessness, but I am ready to move forward fully into it, and never look back. I am ready for God to produce an immovableness in my soul. And through that immovableness I know that He will use me.
I pray that as God changes your heart more and more that you would bring yourself under the strict but gracious training of the Holy Spirit. That He would produce in you, an immovable soul.
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58
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