Note to reader: The following is the result of further study, research and reflection after reading a portion of The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer, a book written upon the influence of the movie Courageous, which hit theaters nation-wide in September/October of 2011.
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8
Are you devoted to Christ? Are you defined by His Word? Have you heard heaven’s call to God’s purpose for your life? Are you seeking to discover it as you wake each morning and live each day?
Not only are we called to be surprisingly satisfied, purposefully feminine or authentic, we are called to be faithful to the call God has given us each individually and corporately. The corporate level is a bit easier to live out with accountability and the strength that comes in numbers, but it’s the individual faithfulness that is the challenge. Did you know that the author of Hebrews calls Moses faithful?
We’re talking about the guy who was raised and educated in Egypt, in the palace, none-the-less. This was the guy who murdered one of his countrymen and then split, taking up a job under his pay grade and hiding…until God found him. Moses didn’t immediately heed the call God had given him from the burning bush. He kept making excuses as to why he couldn’t fulfill that role. And when he finally accepted the position, he was often known to lose patience with the inconstancy of the Israelite people and he usually allowed his anger to get the best of him. And yet, he is called faithful. Why?
His faithfulness is marked by the calling that he had been appointed to. Moses wasn’t perfect, but he was purposeful. He wasn’t sinless, but was marked by God’s presence. He marched to God’s standard; a force that drew him to desire what mattered to God and not what mattered to other people or his culture. Moses was persistent.
What does it mean to be faithful then? Priscilla Shirer refers to being faithful as heeding the call by heaven – an “appointment that ordered His priorities, pursuits, and passions. Not perfectly, but persistently” (72). God has also called us to be more in our own lives; in the time He’s given us, here and now. That call is “what causes us to feel a bit unsettled, sensing an internal ache we’re never quite able to quell, one that will not allow us to find complete satisfaction” in our culture (Shirer, 72).
God in Christ has made us different, and now He invites us to desire the things He made us different for. This is what qualifies the faithful – those who recognize, accept, and pursue God’s path, knowing He will see to it that His calling comes to fruition. The “faithful” are those who resolve to despise the pathways of earthly success in exchange for the divine mission given specifically and uniquely by the Father. – Priscilla Shirer
We’re called to lean into His voice; to listen, heed and conform our will to His. We’re called to uphold the basis of Scripture in the face of the contrary opinions offered by our world. We’re called to not only answer to earthly authority but to answer to the One who created us, loved us, and called us to Himself. We are called to live with God’s purpose in view and His voice in our souls. We are called to be in the world and not of it – not controlled by it, consumed by it, or compelled by it. We are called to pursue His purposes and to be driven by the passions He has placed within our hearts.
I keep thinking about the reason behind my move to Minneapolis. I came because God called. Two years ago, I had no idea what He had in store for me. I had committed my life to him when I was 18 (even though I had believed in Him my entire life) and found myself waiting for His call…and I knew it was coming. I could feel it. God has called me to something extraordinary. I may not be able to see the end result or even understand what it all entails, but I’m trusting in His good and perfect plan; in Him. I’m banking all that I am, all that He’s given me on Him. He would not have called me here for nothing.
I have faith in Him; faith enough to remain faithful. The difference between the two is belief vs. a physical outworking of action. According to Shirer, faithfulness is “born when the outward expressions of your beliefs are lived out over time…difficulty is where faithfulness is honed and brought to life” (76).
The key to being and remaining faithful to God is being rooted in His Word. I’m not talking about reading it during the Easter and Christmas holidays or just on Sundays when you’re at church. I’m talking about having a relationship using the Bible. I’m talking about daily taking time to just hang out with Him. We need to realize that being faithfully rooted in His Word allows us to learn from and enjoy Him. The Bible calls out the desire for relationship with God that He’s planted deep within our souls. The Bible speaks to our hearts and shows His people who He is. God uses His Word to “actively [renovate] us even when it seems like nothing unusual is taking place” (Shirer, 80). It’s not just to read. It’s to be absorbed; to be breathed in; to live by. It’s life. It’s love. It’s living truth, solid as a rock and soft baby’s skin.
The Bible is the tool divinely inspired to guide and equip you for a life lived faithfully. In a world inundated with ideas to the contrary, it is your constant reminder of who you really are, why you’re really here, and who you really belong to. – Priscilla Shirer
Faith comes from what is heard and what is heard comes through the message about Christ. I resolve to live as a woman answerable to God and faithfully committed to His Word. Will you?