My husband and I cuddled on the couch one night to watch a movie we felt we could both enjoy. With popcorn ready to go, we pressed play on a story that had Sandra Bullock (my favorite actress) and football (a manly theme for my husband). We both got lost in the true details of Michael Oher’s life and ended up in tears. The Blindside is a redemption story about a young man who moves from homelessness to hero all because one family took note of him, bought him a new set of clothes, and invited him in to their family. During several climactic points in the movie, the young man is standing with one foot in each of his worlds. Will he move forward and find freedom and purpose in his calling, or will he stay stuck in a cycle of empty living?
The conflict of Michael Oher is really the struggle we each face every day. God has adopted us into His family. We are clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and we are considered worthy because of His work on the cross. The question is this: will we walk worthy of the calling our Heavenly Father has placed on our lives? Will we move forward in faith, or will we stay stuck in a cycle of shame?
The enemy of our souls wants us to believe we are not worthy to be used by God. We’ve sinned too much, and we’ve strayed too far. But everyone who puts their faith in Christ is chosen and set apart by our Creator. God doesn’t need you to be flawless. You just need to be faithful.
Paul understands the struggle to stand firm in faith during difficult times. When we face tribulation and difficult circumstances, it’s human nature to doubt.
We doubt God’s goodness.
We doubt our own strength.
We doubt things will ever change.
This is why Paul encourages us to pray for one another. We must encourage one another to persevere in good works and to push forward in faith.
Friend, you may not feel worthy right now, but God is at work in you. Maybe you messed up yesterday, but today you can move forward in your Heavenly Father’s direction with renewed faith. You can choose to walk worthy of your calling by:
- Yielding your actions to the Father, rather than doing whatever pleases your flesh.
- Investing in eternal treasure and looking to Heaven, instead of hoarding the temporary treasures of this world.
- Waiting patiently for God’s Almighty power to transform your situation, and not taking matters into your own hands.
Walking worthy of our calling in Christ starts by surrendering our will to His way every morning when our feet hit the floor. We are here to glorify God. Let’s wear our uniform well.
Keeping the Faith,