On my 30th birthday, just a week ago, I felt like God was pulling me into His Word to just read. I typically read Scripture each day but this was different; it felt like He was literally calling me to sit down and read 2 Corinthians which I had been in for a few weeks now. I was in chapter 5, so that’s where I picked up. And that’s when I felt God speaking a new direction for my life as I enter my 30’s. Not that it hasn’t always been there, but now it’s receiving a special focus.
Here’s what I read… 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. – 2 Corinthians 5: 14-15.
I have, for a long time, believed that Jesus died for my sins and that I’m forgiven. But what do I do with that on a regular basis? Well, I do have a lot of reassurance. But there should be more! What really compels my life? Typically my goals that I set for the year compel my life. I will have 7-10 big goals for myself each year. They range from personal to professional but those are what compels me. Now it’s different as I join the ranks of those in their 30’s.
I want the love of Jesus to compel me in all that I do. I want to turn the tide and allow that love to compel my annual goals and the direction my life takes. I want that love to compel the decisions we make as a family. How simple but compelling is that! I love it. It will be demanding but so rewarding.
So, here’s to my 30’s and this new calling that’s now front and center. In a world that’s divided, we need people who only allow the love of Christ to compel them. Jesus is the guide, not me. And I don’t want to live for myself anymore. I want to live for Him who died and was raised again. That happened! And because of that, it makes all my goals in life pale in comparison. So I want them to count and be only fueled by the love of Jesus.