For the past several months I have been feeling God turning my attention and focusing me to a “whole life”.
The whole life, is where my life reflects God in all categories. Where I care about what he cares about. Where I am so in sync with Holy Spirit. Where I don’t waste time on things that don’t matter, things that don’t add value to my life, things that God doesn’t have for me. Where I take responsibility and ownership in everything I do in my life.
From finances, to materialism, consumerism and fast fashion, to health, eating and working out, to mental health and time on the screen and content I’m digesting. To sharing Jesus with strangers and loving my wife and family with all I have. And the list goes on.
There’s another word that can be used instead of focus. Yep. It’s pruning. A word that often feels scary to me.
by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to increase fruitfulness and growthdictionary.com
Oh man, that just gets me fired up!
Todd White has a quote that I just love about this exact thing. It goes something like, “All God asks of you is to give up what he never made you to be”. That’s it. This is how I view pruning. And it reflects the goodness of God.
Our life isn’t ours anymore. But it is our responsibility.
God has a best for my life, and yours too, and I don’t want to waste any more time seeking and living in the things that don’t bring a smile to God’s face, and love, joy and peace to my life and the people around me. It isn’t worth it.
Jesus has called us to lay our life down. And when we do, we find it. And it’s better than we could have ever expected. I lay my life down not for my sake, but for the sake of the Kingdom. Yet, I get to reap the benefits. How crazy is that?
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.Matthew 6:33