"Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God"
(1 Corinthians 7:1).
I'm not much of a card player, but I'm very interested in watching other people play. I like to watch their faces and how they strain to keep them from looking strained. Their goal is that there opponent never knows which cards are actually in their hands. The thought behind is that if the "other side doesn't know which cards I'm holding, or not holding, then I might have a chance to pull this off as a win."
How much of life is lived with the same mentality before God. We hold back cards for fear of what those cards might cost us. We are so focused on "winning" on our terms, that we put on our poker face, attempt to bluff our way through with the hopes that we might have a chance to pull this off as a win. What we lose sight of, is that in Christ, we've already won. He already knows where we have fallen short. He sees the cards we have in our hands. We fool ourselves into thinking we're holding back the truth of our lives from Him. In fact, we hold ourselves back from the healing and restoration He desires to bring to our lives. But, we must be willing to lay the cards on the table.
God's desire is to take us through ever circumstance, challenge, and conflict that we face. When Jesus came to die for our sins, He knew the risks that many would chose to reject Him. He calculated that with those He knew would receive Him and deemed it to be worth the cost. However, for us to fully receive what He has to offer, we must be willing to recognize that we are incomplete with out it, and surrender to Him all that has been standing in the way.
The choice to be on the right path with God is left to other person but you. Are you willing to see the areas in your life that are less than God's best for you? Have you been playing a hand that is less than winnable, but attempting to bluff your way through with a poker face that longs for peace, but it so busy trying to hide the pain? Don't fall into the trap of trying to hide what is so painfully obvious. Recognize it. Surrender it. Deal with it. Learn from it. Move on past it. Purpose to let every word, thought, and action bring glory and honor to God. Let it be a reflection of the awesome reverence you have for Him.