[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] I [/dropcap]s it just me or does there seem to be more excitement surrounding the start of 2014 than there has been for previous years? Even in the secular world, I’m hearing and noticing comments of how ready people are for a new year. Truthfully, I’ve felt very blah about it, but I think that’s been because we’ve been so busy, so trying to still catch up from Oct, Nov, and Dec. that the new year blew in without much notice from us.

I will say this though, I can feel a great expectation in my being for God to move. I’m not wishing for change (shock of all shocks as I usually want change), I’m not hoping for some giant miracle in 2014, nor do I have any expectations for it. Although maybe I should as we’re definitely needing some great answers to prayer, but I guess I’m just really wanting God to move in and change me. I’ve been going back to studying a lot on the topic of obedience. Just simple, every day obedience. And I’ve also been going back to just studying the basics of the Word of God. I think I’m finally to the point in my life where I’m really sick of theological discussions, thoughts, and ideas of theologians. I’m tired of all the division between the churches and denominations. I just want us all to love God, love people, and walk according to His Word. And yet man has to make it more complicated than that; it hurts my heart. I just want my eyes on Him, my heart set on Him, and I want to hear and act when I feel Him directing me to say or do something. I want to walk in simple faith and obedience; with my joy and peace being in Him.

So for my new year, I’m just purposing to know God more. Next week, I teach my last class on missions, and I do it bittersweetly (not a word, I know) because I love this topic so much. I love encouraging others to go out and tell people about Jesus. I love talking about the nations. I love just talking about meeting the needs of the one in front of you. I love getting into the heart of God. Yet when this class is over, I’ll find myself back to seeking out opportunities to do as I teach, time to dig into the Word, and ways to not be so distracted. So I’m purposing to tell myself that I may not be teaching again until the Fall, but I’m going to live as a continual student. A student whose passion and heart is to study God’s heart. I just want it all to be about Jesus.

When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come

Longin’ just to bring
Something that’s of worth
That will bless your heart

I’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required

You search much deeper within
Through the ways things appear
You’re looking into my heart

I’m comin’ back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You
It’s all about You, Jesus

Heart of Worship by Matt Redman

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