If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it.
Many of us want God to speak and lead us in His will. We want the excitement of God working through us, but we are reluctant to make any major changes or adjustments so that He will. The Bible reveals that every time God speaks to people about something that He wants to do, they must realign their lives in some way.
Like the Crisis of Belief, the necessity of adjustment is a second point at which many people miss out on experiencing God. To get from where you are to where God will have you to be requires significant adjustments in your life. These adjustments may relate to your thinking, circumstances, relationships, commitments, actions, and beliefs. If you choose to make the necessary adjustments, you can go on to obedience. If you refuse, you could miss what God has in store for your life. Obedience begins in the heart as a willingness to do whatever God says. Obedience is expressed through actin, by words and deeds. Our obedience can be costly—to you and to those around you. In short, you can’t stay where you are and go with God at the same time.
When God speaks, revealing what He is about to do, that revelation is your invitation to adjust your life to God. As you adjust your heart and mind to God, God’s purposes, and God’s ways, you are in a position and posture to obey. You can’t continue business as usual or stay where you are and go with God at the same time. This truth is clearly evident in Scripture. Noah could not continue life as usual and build an ark at the same time. Moses could not stay on the back side of the desert herding sheep and lead the Israelites from Egypt at the same time. David had to leave his sheep in order to become King. Esther could not remain silent before the King and save her people. Saul had to completely change direction in order for God to use him to preach the Gospel.
Enormous changes and adjustments were required whenever God’s people determined to obey God’s calling. Some had to leave family and country, while others had to abandon long held prejudices and reorient their thinking. Men and women were willing to leave behind life goals, ideals, and desires. Everything had to be yielded to God and their entire life adjusted to Him. However, the moment the necessary adjustments were made, God began to accomplish his purposes through them. Each one learned that adjusting one’s life to God is always well-worth the cost.