Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"You're Doing Too Much!"

On more than one occasion, I have had individuals tell me that I spend too much time in church, that I give too much in tithes and offerings, that church is too controlling, that I should be out having fun "like everybody else". I've been scoffed at when I mentioned attending 5AM prayer, or especially when I tell people that I frequently get out of bed at 2AM to pray. I've had people literally laugh in my face when I tell them how God has completely healed me of such issues as a serious lung problem (read my testimony here) and a back injury that some have mentioned surgery as possibly being the answer. And when I tell coworkers that I make a regular practice of retreating to the workplace restroom to pray when I'm feeling particularly overwhelmed or can't figure out a complicated problem - and that God gives me the solutions - they look at me as though I'm speaking a foreign language.
The truth is, I can’t afford NOT to live for God.
Jesus died to take away my sins. Psalm 28:7 explains it best: “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.” (NIV) I can be having the WORST day, but the moment I start singing unto God – TO God – everything seems to fade away. My heart desires to touch the heart of God and the hearts of His beloved creation. This is when I feel my purpose being fulfilled.
“Why DO you spend so much time in church?” they ask.

“The LORD is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.” (Psalm 28:8, NIV) To be anointed is to be chosen by God for a specific purpose, to hold a sacred appointment from God (read 1 John 2:20, Amplified version). I have been called and anointed to sing for God. From the first time I stepped onto the platform to sing before God and the church body, I knew with all certainty that I had stepped into my calling.