More God, Less Me

by Mary Stout

“What is mankind that you make so much of them, that you give them so much attention? (Job 7:17 NIV)

Have you ever felt like something in your walk with God was missing? Have you lost your focus? Are you listening to others? What action can you take right now to increase Him and decrease you?

When I began my walk with God again about two years ago after a long spell of not going to church, I remember I thought a whole lot of what others thought of me. I did not trust my own thinking and it showed in my relationships. I second guessed myself a lot and I asked others what they thought. I did not listen well to God either. I read this verse in Job and it was like the Father was saying to me that I needed to change my focus. I thought about it some I did not change my thinking much for a while. It was hard to change at first. it was not until I began meditation and church that everything seemed to click. Meditation quieted me so I could hear that still small voice.

As I began studying the Word and diving into the life of Jesus, I realized that it was all great for me to read but until I applied it to my life not much would change. I began my days as it says in Romans: “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you” (Romans 12:1-2 MSG)

Before long I was feeling better about me and my relationships with others improved too. Most importantly I had developed a relationship with God based on being  #JesusStrong and not on what I thought. As it says in the song The Gospel by Ryan Stephenson, “The amazing news of the Gospel Is not that we can receive Jesus into our lives, but that He’s already received us into His.”

I found my way back to God by applying his word in my life. It works if you work it.

If you’re wondering what God requires of you just look what the word says. “He has shown you, oh man, what is good. What does God require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

It  reminded me of the three General Rules of our church: 1. Do no harm; 2. do all the good you can; 3. stay in love with God.

Prayer: Father God, thank you for helping me learn the best way to live my life through your word. Help me see the way when I get troubled and help me show others how to find You in my actions each day that they may see your Light and love in Jesus name Amen.