At the beginning of every year, I ask God to reveal a word for me to focus on throughout the year.
I spent hours praying for a word for 2016, but wasn’t feeling a decisive “yes” from God to any of the words that popped in my head. As I was worshipping at church tonight, it was clearly revealed to me that my word for the year should be “deeper.”
In 2015, a lot was brought to my attention about my relationship with God. Growing up, my Christian friends and mentors would always talk about having a “personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” but I didn’t fully understand what that meant.
For most of my life, I think my relationship with God was comparable to a relationship I have with a celebrity. I may know a lot about Taylor Swift. I may know who she’s dating, all the lyrics to her songs, and when she’s going to be on tour, but that doesn’t mean I have a relationship with her. If I saw her in public and started talking to her like I knew her, she would probably think I was weird because she’s never met me before. I think that’s how I was with Jesus. I knew all the stories in the Bible, I’d memorized some of the words He’s said, and I talked like I knew Him… but I’m not sure I had that personal relationship I heard about so many times.
2015 consisted of asking myself a lot of questions about my faith. It included figuring out what I believe, and how those beliefs should change the way I think and live. It’s not enough that I believe the words of Jesus. They must transform me in some way. After all, even demons believe in Jesus.
With all of that said, I believe in Jesus and I have a personal relationship with Him. But He continues to draw me deeper still. You can never have enough of Jesus. You can never be too close to Him.
In all the hustle and bustle of life, it’s easy to make quick decisions without taking God’s will into consideration. There have been times when I’ve been offered jobs and took them without even asking what God wants. I’ve dated people in the past without praying about it. It’s easy to leave God out of small and big decisions in life, but that’s not how Christ followers are meant to live.
Toward the end of 2015, I started praying about nearly every detail of my life. I started noticing drastic changes in my priorities and attitude. I’ve chosen to invite God into my relationships, my finances, the way I spend my time, where I serve, etc… and it’s clear to me that this is how it’s supposed to be.
The word “deeper” sums up everything I want 2016 to be. I want to dig deeper in my relationship with God and my relationship with others.
I encourage you to pray that God would reveal a word for your 2016. If you choose to do that, let me know what He says.