20 years ago I made a choice that I have inhabited ever since.
Not only has the decision affected direction, it has shaped my identity inside and out.
The day I made the choice to follow Christ was a bridge-burning day, and the blazing path back to my old life is still impassable. The only route available was is and still remains forward.
Inhabit your choices fully and fearlessly
This is why your choice must be marked by quality, not convenience. The easy, painless, convenient avenue is not always the path that leads to fulfilment. A quality decision often involves risking the comforts of familiarity, and venturing into unknown, but exciting, territory.
Vacillation between buts and maybes leads nowhere but circles.
A real decision not only picks something up, by necessity it also cuts things off. Every decision FOR something, if it is something of substance, requires other things to be severed.
Putting on Christ meant putting off a lifestyle that ran contrary to His nature and command. My entire ecosystem had to radically change if this newborn decision was to survive. That one decision led to a series of choices and changes that shaped my existence.
You have a purpose on this planet. It is unique and designed by Heaven to add rich value to the world.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:29–30 KJV
God’s purpose is the only yoke you’ll bear that feels comfortable, but a yoke is also designed to steer you in one direction. The chafing happens when you pull away or pretend to be something you are not.
There’s a lot has to drop for you to place the yoke across your shoulder.
Choosing the creative life means putting off fear. Putting off certainty. Putting off putting things off. It means taking action in the face of your fears, embracing the moment and running with ideas not yet realized.
As a Christian it means embracing Christ with childlike wonder and trusting Him as you step on the waves. It means standing in the crowd with your bread and fish wondering how in the world such a meagre offering can feed a multitude.
Jesus is a revolutionary, and the call to Christ-filled creativity is one that demands your all. You will rub against religion, and irritate the world. You’ll have to roll up your sleeves and slug it out with your doubts. You’ll need to move forward on your knees many nights of the soul, and many mornings rise to make your declarations with the sun.
Oh, the grand design and marvel of Jesus, unfathomable wisdom of the cross, relentless love of the Father and inescapable presence of the Spirit!
Embrace! Embrace! Let truth be trumpeted in our every stroke and note. Let Jesus find us wrapped in Himself. Embodying His call fearless and full to the brim – spilling over unashamedly to the world.
Overflow! Overflow! Running, roaring, ever-pouring grace tumbling from our soul. Love and wonder, anointed arts and oil filled lamps burning bright in darkest night.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Jesus is here, and coming soon. The One who was, who is, and is to come has captured our hearts and taken His place.
Nothing can be more magnificent than Magnificence Himself moving in and pouring out.
The anointing teaches this one thing more than all, to abide in Christ. Take up residence, and let Him live big in us.