Last week I preached a message titled ‘Alignment’. There have been a number of sermons over the last 10 months that have looked at ways to equip us and empower us to walk not only as children of God who are in relationship with Him, but as a people with authority. The challenge for us is that if we don’t choose to align with the truth of the Gospel, and walk in obedience to that, then they are nothing more than just messages.
The word Alignment is a noun. It shows something that is complete. For me to be in alignment with God, I need to align myself to Him. That is where the action happens. As I align myself with Him, I make the change. God doesn’t need to come into alignment with me because He is perfect. I need to align myself with Him. I need to do the work.
As I said last week, “Too often, we are wanting God to do all the hard work. If we want to be like God, then we need to align ourselves with Him. We need to be the one’s who will pay the price and action out the change.”
If you are wondering whether you are in alignment with God, imagine yourself doing an activity you really enjoy. Now imagine the Holy Spirit suddenly asking you to stop doing it. How would you respond? Would you ignore Him, or would obey because you are choosing to remain aligned with Him?
The simple truth is that when we are not aligned with God, we don’t care what He thinks. When we choose to be aligned, we respond to His convictions. Sometimes it might be after stamping our foot a bit, sometimes it might be after wrestling with Him over it, but we choose to align ourselves, because we know He has something greater for you.
This week, I want to challenge you to ask God to point out things in your life that need adjustment (we all have them). Then simply choose to align yourselves with God. He’s worth it.
Have an amazing week, Adrian Nyhuis
Luke 7:36-50 gives an account of a woman who anointed Jesus with a very expensive perfume. In verse 37 she is described as a sinner and her actions show she was weeping, as well as anointing and kissing Jesus feet with expensive perfume that filled the whole room with a fragrance. She wasn’t just a servant doing a job, there was evidently a visible repentance there. What was she doing? She was aligning herself with Jesus.
Alignment is an interesting word. It is not an action, it is something that is complete. We can’t have alignment without first choosing to align ourselves. The action has to come first. Too often we ask Jesus to do the work. I read an article the other day and the heading was “Lord, align my heart with yours.” Too often, we are wanting God to do all the hard work. If we want to be like God, then we need to align ourselves with Him. We need to be the one’s who will pay the price and action out the change.
Alignment isn’t always easy or cheap, but it is worth it, and it will be noticed, especially by Jesus. If we look at Matthew and Marks account of the event, we see that the perfume was very expensive. It cost her something, but she didn’t care. Repentance and alignment may cost something, but can we really place a value on our salvation? How much value do we place on Jesus? What cost are you prepared to pay to be aligned with Him.
In John’s account, he tells us that the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. You can rest assured, Jesus notices when we sacrifice ourselves and the things of the world, and choose to align ourselves with Him.
Alignment can be a challenge for some people, because in order to align ourselves with God, we need to align in everything, not only some thing, but rest assured, the rewards are incredible. God’s plans are to give you a hope and a future, so why not align yourself with Him today.
Have an amazing week,