My Life is What I am
John 16:27: “My life is what I am. Your life is what you are.”Okay, so what does this have to do with anything at all? Everything, really. This verse is really the entire message of The Message Bible and sums up not only the gospel but our entire relationship with God, as well. As I mentioned before, this particular verse should really be read first before reading the book itself.
Most people probably only read this passage once and think to themselves that is wonderful, but then go about their day and do nothing else and think about that verse again and again throughout the day until they have finally completed all the thoughts in their mind and feel that they have fully thought out this issue, so there is no need to keep going back over it.
But boy, if you take this verse out of the main text of the book, here is what happens! Your mind floods with more ideas and thoughts about this verse than ever before, and all these different ideas can all be mixed together and yielded to the mind as being a new idea about this verse. Oh, if you will allow me to illustrate.
For example, let’s say an idea comes to you saying that you should go to a particular restaurant on Monday nights instead of on Sunday nights. What this also does is put a little bit of pressure on you. You may think – So, on Monday I am going to this restaurant and on Sunday, I am not going to this restaurant. Yes, you are correct if you think that.
Then you may think – “Well, I will go on Sunday because normally I would go to this restaurant on Sunday. Along the way, though, I may like to have this particular restaurant at this particular time.” Well, if you think that maybe on Sunday you should go to this other restaurant, then on Sunday, you may or may not make that trip.
Therefore, if you have this desire to go to this restaurant on Sunday and you make that decision, then depending on what else is going on in your life at the time, this may or may not work out for you. But let’s assume that you take this verse out of the text when you first read it and then think about it throughout the day. Then you go to the restaurant and you are there and you start to think about this verse.
You are motivated by it, strengthened by it, and it comes to you as a command. Then, on Monday night, the restaurant that you want to go to happens to be at that exact time! Then, it starts to work. You get yourself there early enough so that you get a seat, you make your choice and you are there in that restaurant and the Holy Spirit takes you in and gets you seated and you realize by the time you get there that you have an order to make–you didn’t even realize you had an order to make! And so, you celebrated your success with the wings.
I hear this a lot in my coaching sessions. “I didn’t start my habit of going to the restaurant on Sunday.” Yes, you did, and you held onto this because you figured since you made the decision then you would follow through. Thus, you held onto the desire and made it your focus, and you grew the desire that you held onto to become your action. Which is exactly how you should be for your new habit of worshiping God every day.
So, the next step is to always know that the Holy Spirit is permanently there in the presence of God. Praise God! Now you can turn to God and still listen to Him and still praise Him. When you praise God, you are praising not only God but the Holy Spirit who inhabits God.
Lord, you are truly worthy of praise. In your presence is fullness of joy and contentment. There is no anxiety or tiredness or any fatigue that you cannot cope within your presence. Hold your head up in adoration; for you are worthy of being adored. Make praise and worship your new habit and build an altar of worship in your heart that is set up in the utmost worship to the God who is before you. Worthy of praise is the one who is wholeheartedly worshiping you right now. Go, be the person you want to be. Praise God with everything within you because you never know what tomorrow may bring.