A bag of cement can be used for many different things; it has a purpose. But if you set it out and do nothing with it, it becomes a useless solid rock. We as Christians can become the same way. When trials and tribulations come into our lives, it can be easy to question God rather than trusting Him. The people of Judah said in Jeremiah 18:12; “That is hopeless! So we will walk according to our own plans; each of us will follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.” If we are not careful we can harden our hearts by trusting in our own selves rather than God. God has a purpose for each of us. And even if we are not sure what our specific purpose is, we all have a general purpose and that is to glorify God in all aspects of our lives. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says; “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” We bring glory to God when we submit to Him and His ways. Someone once said, “You don’t truly submit until you and God disagree and you submit anyway.” When we do, we will realize that God’s way was the best all along. And that will make us want to submit to Him even more. Proverbs 28:14 says; “Happy is the man who is always reverent, But he who hardens his heart will fall into calamity.” We need to let God use us for what He designed us for, and not just sit around and let our hearts become hardened.
If you have hardened your heart toward God or fallen away from Him, listen to what God said in Ezekiel 36:26-27; “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.” So if you want to have true joy and real inner peace, you need to submit to God and let Him have control of your life.
I would like to personally invite you to Crossroads Baptist Church. You will find our church to be a place where life-long friendships can be cultivated. Crossroads is an environment where you can love God, connect with people, and be empowered for ministry and service.
Randy Smith, Pastor