Friday, April 6, 2012

Are You a Sold Out Show?

Growing up in Christian circles, I had heard the phrase “Are you sold out for Jesus?”. While recently buying tickets for a performance, I thought about being “sold out” in greater depth. Before a large theatrical performance or sporting event, tickets go on sale for each seat. Once the seats are gone, the only way to get a seat for the event is to find someone who already has a ticket they want to sell. 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 reminds us “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” Jesus gave His life and blood on the cross in our place as a sacrifice for our sins. If we accept him as our Lord, we are no longer our own, we belong to Him—every last place of our heart and our steps we take daily. At times, some seats may look vacant, but if the show has been sold out, you can rest assured a price has been paid for the seat. It was left vacant by the purchaser for some unsaid reason. If we give our lives and hearts fully to Christ, He has purchased each and every place (seat) in our hearts. There is nothing which has gone unpurchased or taken care of in our lives. If you are at a place in your life where you feel devalued or empty in a place or corner of your heart, consider this, “Are you sold out?”. If you are, then every part of your life, heart, and future are surrendered to God’s will. You walk in obedience to His Word. When you fall short, His grace is enough. You can rest in knowing that all of the places (seats) in your life are occupied by the Lord or His guests. Allow God to fill your life with His desires, callings, relationships, timing, and destiny.