Turning down the noise… It’s time.
During one of my recent small groups we talked about the noise we allow to cloud our minds. A beautiful soul described it as a room full of radios and each thought was the turn of a dial and static filled the room.
The voices inside your head, the voices that pop up as you scroll through your newsfeed, the advice and thoughts of others. Sometimes these stations are good. For there is a time and purpose for everything, but right now in my life, it’s time to turn down the dials—turn them off even—and listen to the ONE voice that matters.
Whether you’ve got a life-decision to make, or life just seems a little hectic, it’s good to stop and take a break from the world and focus solely on the Lord. Turn off the distractions and let the Spirit speak.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
What are those time-takers in your life? What are the things that cause you the most anxiety?
For me it’s social media and food. I spend so much idle time on Facebook. Scrolling through my newsfeed prompted to buy this, try that, and jealousy creeps in as I see extravagant vacations and the highlight reels of other people’s perfect lives.
Living in the south we’re surrounded by comfort food smothered in cheese and fried to golden perfection. It’s a way of life. But when that way of life begins to cloud my thoughts, take over my cravings, and bring on guilt that distracts me from the Lord, it’s a problem.
Matthew 19:16-30 tells the story of a rich man who has carefully obeyed all of the commandments and asks Jesus what good thing he must do to get eternal life. In verse 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
The man walked away sad because he had great wealth. What did Jesus mean by this? Is being rich or having wealth bad? No. But if you wallow in that wealth (or any other abundance, for that matter) it’s not good. And why not? Because God wants our hearts. There are no “good works” or any amount of wealth that can buy our salvation. For the only way to have eternal life is through surrendering your life to Christ.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
I imagine Jesus looked straight into this young man’s soul and said, “I want you to give up the one thing you crave more than me. Then come, follow me.”
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25
So I urge you today, or for the next 21 days, to turn down the noise and readjust your antennas to God. Clear the clutter, destroy the distractions and immerse yourself instead in seeking and serving God. It may be hard at first, but before long there’s no doubt you’ll begin to CRAVE GOD more than anything else. Fall deeper in Love with the Lord. Reignite the passion you once had. Find your purpose and let the Holy Spirit guide you to your next act of obedience. Victory is in our very next step. Renew your mind and position your heart towards Jesus.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Galations 2:20
Heather Shipley is a Christian, wife and mother – striving daily to keep priorities exactly in that order. A marketing professional by day with a passion for blogging, sharing hope in God’s word, and encouraging other women to find freedom to live the abundant life God intended. As it commands in 1 Peter 4:10, each of us has a gift that should be used to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace. For Heather, founding Craving God Ministries was just that – a way to use her creative abilities to provide an outlet for other women to share and hear God’s word. A firm believer that God wants us to express our triumphs and hardships to connect with others and glorify His name. Life’s messy. Share your struggles, because you can either encourage someone who’s going through a similar situation, or you might just find someone who’s been there, done that, and can provide Godly wisdom to help you overcome!