Whether it be marriage, a proposal or another significant commitment, how many of us have vowed to say “yes,” or “I do?” We have given our spouse or another–maybe a family member, a group or a friend our yes, and with that “yes” comes so many emotions. We’re left feeling happy and excited, content, and all of these other positive emotions because we’re so in love with the honeymoon stage of our yes, that we often forget what comes with that commitment.
Significant commitments, like marriage for example, come with the need to learn important qualities–like learning to be selfless, learning how to be a better communicator and so much more. When we originally gave away our yes, it became less about our ability to make decisions on our own, and more about consulting with another person or persons. Using marriage as an example, when we gave our yes to our spouse, we traded in the “I’s” for “we’s” and went from consulting ourselves, to consulting and working towards a shared goal with another person. It is in this case, of marriage, that the bible says that the husband and wife are one. Meaning they should be on one accord.
The same goes for our relationship with God! When we decide to give God our yes, we enter into this marriage or covenant and Jesus becomes our groom and we become his bride. Isaiah 54:5 says, “For thy maker is thine husband; the Lord of Hosts is his name.” Can you imagine being married to God? A lot of the time people think that when they gave him their yes or dedicated their life to him, that it stopped there. Well, He has been showing me that a natural marriage is similar to a spiritual marriage, except when we tell him yes, we are saying YES to the call on our life; and if you are not married or engaged, this “yes” to God still pertains to you, as it does to all of those pursuing His Kingdom.
When we say “yes,” we are also saying yes to His will, so it is no longer about our will and what we may want. Saying yes means, we are denying our fleshly desires and plans, but instead accepting better by receiving the plan God has for our lives. According to Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” And in my life, the Lord has been dealing with me in His own way about picking up the call on my life by committing to my yes. So, when he talked to me, I thought “well Lord, I have a kingdom business because I give my clients kingdom strategies to win!”
It was then that he gave me the revelation that my skills and my call were different. Well, then again, maybe he had been giving it to me sooner but I was just now beginning to accept it. I realized my skill set is where people want me, but my calling is where God needs me. He didn’t tell me to just lay down my skills, but to make sure that I pick up my calling because my calling is higher and more important than anything else.
See, God confirmed to me a couple times that I was called to preach the gospel, primarily to the healing and deliverance ministry, but the gospel nonetheless. He has shown me that in my ministry, I will be like Beverly Tucker–have you heard of her? She . . . .Beverly Tucker is a deliverance minister that God used to bring freedom to thousands of people.
He has even given me dreams of her and I with great revelations. It’s amazing! My Lord has shown me that I am called to win souls for his kingdom! And for those who are already saved, I am to teach and show them the power of deliverance! Can you believe that? So what does that mean for my business? Will I walk away? No; I will just pick up my call primarily. When I began to question or show my concerns for picking up the call, He told me not to fear, because the Bible says “seek ye first the kingdom and his righteousness and everything else will be added.” What does this mean for me and my yes to God? That He is going to provide because HE is my husband–so as long as I’m taking care of Him and His house, baby He’s going to take care of me and mine.
So have you given God your “yes” today? If not, I will definitely say go back and renew your vows with Him. The best way for me to do so was to have a conversation with Him and to make a commitment. I said, “Lord, today I am renewing my vows with you,” and I’ve been keeping my commitment to Him and with Him ever since! As a matter of fact, I am actually thinking about renewing my vows with my natural husband this year. If I’m just being real, I just want to start our commitment over after all I’ve learned from my marriage over these years! Lol
This year on August 22nd, my natural husband and I will have been married for seven years. I know a lot of people renew their vows at the ten year mark, but because we will be married for seven years and seven means completion, I think this would be a great way to signify completing this stage of marriage. I’ll keep ya’ll posted though!
Anywho, it’s time for some of you to renew your vows with Christ. Now that you know saying “yes” is more than praying a salvation prayer, but also includes answering the call on your life. I am so excited that you’re going to renew your vows with him, just make sure you don’t forget to pick up your call in the process–and if you do, try again! Commitment takes time and it takes work, but trust that you can do it just like I did. Give him your “yes,” and see where he takes you! Thank you, have a great week!
Edited by: Ceane Batten, my amazing editor, who helped me with this masterpiece. Thank you!
ME AND MY HUSBAND 08/22/2015 JUMPING THE BROOM