Life At Its Best: Strive for God's absolute best
"Are you content, or do you want to go for more?"
If you've watched the popular game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," you're familiar with this question. During this show, countless contestants sit in the hot seat, struggling to give an answer. And if you're like me, you sit there sweating right along with them.
In this game, moving forward requires taking risks. Whether the contestant chooses to stay or to go for it, they're risking something - either the security of their current position or the possibility of obtaining something greater.
Life is a lot like that. We're constantly faced with the choice of staying still or moving forward into the better life God has for us. In life's game show, we're in the hot seat. We're making the decisions. And God is the one asking us if we're content or if we want to go for more.
Mark 8 shows us what it takes to go for more. It tells the story of a blind man who came to Jesus. He'd heard of His miracles and was hoping He could heal him. When he found Jesus, he begged Him to touch his eyes. But instead, Jesus took him by the hand and led him out of Bethsaida.
To fully understand the story, we must remember that Bethsaida was a place of great sin. Jesus moved him out of that village intentionally. He was teaching him that if he was going to live His best, there were bad habits he'd have to leave behind.
The same is true for us. We all have areas Jesus wants to lead us out of. It might not be a physical place. Maybe we need to walk out of unforgiveness, anger or bitterness. Or maybe we need to move past a place of complacency and indifference.
Leaving that place may be uncomfortable. Remaining in old habits almost always feels safer. But when we say yes to Jesus, He'll lead us out of the place we're in and into something better.
After Jesus led the man out, he spit on his eyes and touched them. The man opened his eyes, but he still didn't have great vision. So Jesus touched him again, and this time he saw everything clearly.
Jesus always leads in steps. First, He got the man to open His eyes, and then He gave him his vision. In the same way, Jesus will keep working with us until we reach His absolute best.
Maybe you've done the first step. You've walked out of things that were keeping you bound and allowed God to partially open your eyes. You're following His word in some areas. That's good, but I want to encourage you not to settle for partial obedience. God has much more for you than that.
So allow Him to completely open your eyes to the truth of His word. Let His truth bring transformation into every area of your life. When you do, you'll begin living in the blessing full obedience brings.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. Visit faithfamilyvictoria.com.