I want to change tack just a little bit this week. I want to talk about agreement. More importantly about who are you in agreement with?
As a Christian we talk a lot about agreeing with God. I think we complicate our relationship with Him so often by not simply agreeing with Him. I’ve often thought how simple our life could be and our relationship with God can be, and how much easier it would be to release the Kingdom, if we simply agree with what His Word says.
But for some reason we don’t really agree. I mean, we read the Word, but do we really, really agree with it?
A friend of mine was asked years ago, “Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?” Isn’t that a powerful question?
Do you really believe that what you believe is really real? If you did, if I did, how different would our lives be? How often do we live at odds with ourselves?
Do we believe the Word of God is just that, the Word of God? God’s Word? Literally, His Voice speaking to us? If we did, how much easier it would be to agree with it, to agree with Him.
We pray and we ask Him to change us, but when He tells what needs changing, we don’t agree with Him. Because its hard to face some things. But He only shows us what He wants to change in us. But He needs our agreement. He won’t impose Himself on us.
The other thought I’ve been thinking about is this: are we in agreement with ourselves? If we are at odds with ourselves, how can we live in peace? In fact, if we are at odds with ourselves, how can we really succeed at anything we do, or anything we set our mind to?
How authentic is that? How real are we being? I think agreeing with ourselves is really knowing who we are, not pretending to be something we’re not. Being real about where we need to change. Being real about where we are now, and how we got here.
Until we can do that, without feeling threatened or insecure, until we can be honest with ourselves, we will not be able to move forward.
Its not about self-condemnation, or self-blame even, its about being real where change is needed. When we make a commitment to change something, do we agree with that commitment? That might sound like a strange question, but how often have we committed to change something, we’ve been so intentional about it, but we don’t follow through? Would we be more likely to persevere if we agree with the deep, inner part of ourselves, that the change is really needed?
It’s about moving forward. Its about change, transformation, freedom.