No One Will Know

During the message, Pastor Phil used four incredibly digestible alternative descriptors to help us understand the importance of being “all in” for Jesus. In recognizing how simple we, as humans, can be, I considered what the young—lost and uncertain about who she was in God—Danielle’s response might be to the purpose behind this week's message. “No one will know. How will they know? They’ll never know!” Back then I might’ve toyed with the idea that only I would know that I was not fully immersed in the waters of God’s grace, covering, and light. That if I could “mall-in, small-in, crawl-in, or fall-in” just enough to pass, no one else would be the wiser.

Naivete would have led me to believe that what mattered was what people thought, with less regard for what I knew was necessary to submit my life completely to Christ. Submission required sacrifice. There was still so much I wasn’t willing to let go of that I thought kept me balanced and relatable. Life as a Christian is not measured by what others see, “…for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7

The heart speaks of a person’s character. So often when we measure the worth of a person we just look at the outward appearance and we tend to measure ourselves by that same standard. But being ‘all in’ is an inside job. If our hearts are not ‘all in’ we are not reflecting the character of God. Who will know? You will know. You will know that you are not fulfilling the purpose that God set for you. You will know that your heart requires His healing hands and your character a spiritual inspection. You might be wary if you’ve never immersed yourself in the depths of God’s calling. But full immersion is necessary for our habits to match our hearts.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” -Ephesians 3:16-19

by Danielle Boardley
Danielle, along with her husband Dominic and children, moved to NJ in April 2014 and began attending Kingsway shortly thereafter. Quickly accepting the invitation to go through Growth Track, they learned more about the church, their spiritual strengths, and landed on the Worship Arts team. Danielle values spending quality time with her family and finding ways to express herself creatively. Joining the Kingsway blog team was yet another exciting opportunity to serve through creative expression. Her love of writing began in her youth when she was introduced to the works of Maya Angelou. Inspired by her prose, Danielle published a book of poetry in 2007.


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