CVC Women’s Ministry

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 12.15.33 PM

All In for Christ

by Leigh-Ann Brisbin, CVC Women’s Director

This last week I have had two passages of scripture on my mind. I was away with my husband for the week in Charleston South, Carolina and learned so much more about the history of our country in that area from the time it was settled to the present.

I am a huge history buff and this brought knowledge to life. Mostly slavery emancipation and civil war history were at the forefront.  My heart ached about how humankind treat one another and the passage of scripture from Jeremiah 17:9-10 came to mind.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

Many people in the 1800’s in America believed that enslaving another person was ok, even many who did not own slaves themselves. It was culturally and politically ok to lump people into a category that said you are not as valuable as me and I can treat you as such. What makes one pass that judgment rather than see each other as worthy children of God? A heart that is deceiving, that’s what! A heart that is prideful.

As my heart grieved for this part of our history, the Lord spoke deeply into my heart.  We are no different now. Our hearts still wicked and deceived.  Still in so much need of a Savior.

My heart and mind too… they deceive me at times when I sit in pride, when I am not careful to line up my thoughts and heart with scripture, when I am judging someone else, or thinking I know better, when I let the worries of the world control my thoughts, actions and beliefs.  I can be deceived so easily by my flesh and fail to exemplify love and truth rooted in Our Father.

  • Where is your heart deceiving you today?
  • Where do you think you know bette?
  • What tugs at your heart to pull you away from love and truth and a life fully devoted to God?

The second passage comes from Mark 1:16-20 the calling of the first disciples. Jesus first calls Simon and Andrew to drop everything and walk away from their livelihood to follow Him.  Then he calls James and John also away from their livelihood, but also, their father. I can’t get out of my mind what a consecrated life looks like, what God asks us to leave, walk away from to follow Him and answer his call on our life and how quickly Simon, Andrew, James and John were obedient because they had encountered the voice of their Savior.

Many of the slave owners were motivated by financial gain, power and control, a comfortable life, the influence and voices of their peers and family, and believe it or not, fear. Chew on that for a moment.

They themselves were not walking in freedom, but in bondage to the world around.

  • What occupies your heart, your thoughts, your time?
  • What are you unwilling to walk away from to be fully consecrated to the Lord?

You see, I could stand in judgment of those slave owners and very easily think I am better than they but their hearts were deceived, just as mine can be when I am seeking my own control, pleasures, satisfaction, ego and comfort, when I am not walking in step with the Lord, listening to His voice and willing to die to self and be “All In” for Him.