OneDay was far beyond anything I could have imagined. The focus was on God’s holiness. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I can say that it turned out way different than I expected. I guess I thought that a whole day of worship would be joyful and would feel good. And it was like that eventually. But first we really focused on the holiness of God, which when you look at it honestly is uncomfortable and humbling. That is probably what I felt most that weekend – humble.
The key phrase that I remember was what one of the speakers said: “The best and most powerful thing that we can do is to agree with God that He is God and we are not.” I wrote in my journal, “You are ‘I AM’ I am ‘I am NOT.’” A girl read a poem that really touched me. She read a long list of things she wanted God to do in her life (teach me, guide me, strengthen me) and then she said, “Decrease me… Decrease me… Until there is no ‘me’ left.” I guess it is easy as Christians to think that God does things in our lives for us. To improve us. But in reality, God does things to glorify Himself. I am just a tool that He can use to glorify Himself. And if I’m unwilling to be used, He will use something else. That’s what that verse means that says the rocks will cry out if we don’t praise His name. I always thought that was to motivate me to praise Him. But it’s just a statement affirming that God’s name will be praised – regardless of me.
So in response to that, I feel a little different about my spiritual journey. The point is not for me to achieve some great level of spirituality. It is for God to be glorified best. It’s not a checklist for me to try to complete. It’s about allowing God to do in my life whatever will best glorify Him. And His will for my life is not about a job or a husband or a church. It’s for God to be glorified in my life – or in spite of my life (that’s up to my choice). That’s His will for me. And I cannot achieve any of it. I am powerless to glorify God. Only Christ in me can glorify God. I think God supplied OneDay for me as a tool to learn how to glorify Him better. He seems to have provided a whole toolbox for me this summer – the conference, several books, the summer program at my church – I guess He wants to build something in me.
Those of you at the Rock are familiar with the Twelve Steps, since John has been doing a series on them. I have really been thinking about them a lot recently. I’ve been really focusing on the first three steps. The first is to admit that I am powerless and that my life has become unmanageable. OneDay really reinforced that. To see that I can do nothing to improve my life. I am not capable of glorifying God. Only CHRIST IN ME is capable of doing that. The next step is to believe that a Power greater than myself can restore me to sanity. That was also a big emphasis at OneDay. God is powerful. He can make changes in my life that I could never make. And with Him it is possible for me to make it until noon. Or until sunset. Just a few hours at a time. The next step is to turn my will and life over to the care of God. I know the Twelve Steps aren’t a one-time solution. I must keep the principles in mind every day. I have to remember that I am powerless every day. I have to turn my will over to God every day.