Let me sum up the entire Bible for you: God speaks; we need to listen.

Theologians everywhere are groaning and formatting angry letters to me right this minute because that’s a vast understatement of the whole Bible. Six words can’t begin to encapsulate thousands of years of God’s Word to humankind, they’ll say.

And they’re right. But so am I, maybe.

I don’t know about you, but I’m having a terrible time listening to God lately. I pretend to listen, but really I’m really worried about what He’s going to tell me. For example, Monday’s small group lesson was on how to open your life to the Holy Spirit’s work even when it means giving him control of everything.

Everything, did you hear me? Do you know how frightening it is to give the Holy Spirit free reign? Do you know what happens when you let it all go? You might end up writing books for a living, or moving across the world to be a missionary, or finding your house full of children. You might have to get a new job or keep the job you hate. The Holy Spirit does not prioritize based on our comfort levels, I’ve found.

Today’s podcast from Michael Hyatt was all about Setting Up Camp in the Discomfort Zone, further adding to my sense of coming change.

As of yesterday afternoon, I’ve given up on ignoring God and I’m really trying to listen (ignoring him wasn’t working anyway) and I have a feeling we aren’t in for a move across the country or even a job change.

I think the coming change is very small.

It’s probably going to be very hard.

Changes in the heart are often the hardest, aren’t they? The changes where we move from distrust to faith, or from selfishness to generosity. Sometimes we have to learn to speak with kindness, which of course means we have to have the kindness in our hearts in the first place. We might be called to offer mercy when we’d rather retaliate, or show grace when we just aren’t in the mood.

The Holy Spirit might not be asking for a radical, obvious, adrenaline-pumping kind of change. He might be asking for a change of heart.

Ephesians 4:23-24

Thoughts? What heart-changes are the hardest for you to make?

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8 Comments on When God Asks Us To Do Something Very Small (and Very Hard)

  1. lisanne3015
    May 15, 2015 at 9:38 am (3 years ago)

    Me too. I had peace about a troubling issue. I keep drifting from that peace, as if I should challenge the answer!

  2. cherifields
    May 15, 2015 at 10:35 am (3 years ago)

    I got a lot of encouragement from Hyatt’s podcast as well. It confirmed to me that the risk God was asking me to take right now is legit. That meant a heart change of being willing to learn and do some uncomfortable and scary things. Not something I enjoy!
    But that doesn’t measure up to the big heart change God keeps reminding me of: It’s not about me. My reputation doesn’t matter, my wishes aren’t primary, my needs aren’t the most important.
    Of course, this doesn’t mean I should be a doormat enabler hiding my talents under a bushel (to mix a metaphor), so it’s a tough balancing act. I’ve got to help others do right and speak out but not because it will make my life easier or help me feel important.

  3. Jessie Clemence
    May 15, 2015 at 1:57 pm (3 years ago)

    I share those same concerns, Cheri! Do you know what I fear the most right now? That my writing is annoying to people, like I’m that cranky relative at the reunion who won’t stop flapping her lips, but everyone is so done listening to her! And the Holy Spirit is pointing out that I’ve got my priorities WAY out of line if this is stopping me from doing what I’m called to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m glad I’m not alone in crazy town!

  4. cherifields
    May 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm (3 years ago)

    You don’t sound cranky, just relatable. BTW Seen my review on Amazon yet? ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Jessie Clemence
    May 15, 2015 at 4:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes, and I loved it! Thank you so much! I usually don’t read them but I saw your name and figured it would be safe. Thank you a million times!

  6. cherifields
    May 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm (3 years ago)

    LOL! I know how you feel. I’ve got one review of my podcast on iTunes and it’s a 1 star claiming there’s no science in my show. Not too fun. Even when I’ve asked for a critique of my work I have to psych myself up quite a bit first.
    BTW The only time I give out 5 stars is when I think *everybody* should fork out the money for a book. That makes only a few got one out of the dozens I’ve ever reviewed. It always feels like using too many exclamation marks to give a five for every book I enjoy. Nothing personal. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Jessie Clemence
    May 17, 2015 at 2:04 pm (3 years ago)

    No worries, I do the same. If I like a book really well, that’s a four-star. If I LOVE a book and spend a lot of time thinking it over for whatever reason, that’s a five-star.

    I’m sorry to hear about your rating issue. That is so demoralizing!

  8. cherifields
    May 19, 2015 at 10:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Not really, I was expecting as much. But it will be nice when someone takes the time to give me a good rating. Glad to be one of those people for you!
    Til Saturday… ๐Ÿ˜€