How many times have we heard this, “the status quo needs to be changed”? Or “we can’t be satisfied with the status quo.” If I ask myself that, I would say too many times that its really lost all meaning. It’s something that’s said and heard often but it doesn’t cause me to initiate any change… up until now.
But everything needs context and background right? Let me explain…
Every year in August my church goes to a place called Camp Hope, where we get away from the business and noise of everyday life and meet essentially in the middle of nowhere to intensely seek the presence of God. The word intense doesn’t do it justice! It’s four days of prayer, sermons, workshops, and fellowship.
I’m going to highlight the word fellowship because let’s face it, when you don’t have reception on your cellphone you’re forced to talk face-to-face with the people around you. How many times out of habit will you take out your phone just to pass a few minutes instead of talking to someone? The art of having a face-to-face conversation is completely lost in this generation, and I’m guilty of paying attention to my phone instead of who is in front of me. Meaningful conversation are important! The people who we share the same space with are important!
This year camp was completely different for me because I didn’t have distractions like I did the year before. Last year I was finishing my second to last semester in school, I had family visiting during camp, and I was battling a level of exhaustion that I never experienced before. I limped into camp – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It was hard to enter into God’s presence when my mind was all over the place. This year however, was a complete turn around. I was already graduated from school, my sister-in-law and niece were staying with us at camp, and lastly, my spirit was revived and fed before camp – meaning I spent the necessary time beforehand in prayer and fasting; plus I wrote down specific things that I wanted to seek God on, and I prayed over them consistently before arriving at camp. I wish you could see my face as I’m writing this…
God’s anointing and presence was there, his everlasting power was felt, and our spirits were set ablaze.
But then comes the time when it’s time to pack up and go back to your regular life and routine… and…
What would be the point of going to camp to have deep encounters with God, gain revelations and testimonies only to return to the same routine or status quo?
First, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page for the meaning of status quo.
The Merriam Webster defines status quo as “the existing state of affairs”. Ok check.
So I ask my previous question again, what would be the point of going to camp to have deep encounters with God, gain revelations and testimonies only to return to the same routine, or existing state of affairs? There is no point. We may as well have stayed at home Unless something changes, we’re missing the point.
Thursday while I was at a prayer meeting, the Holy Spirit wouldn’t let the words status quo leave my mind, and God said to me, “you need to change your status quo to walk with me the way you’re supposed to, in order for this fire to keep burning you must change your status quo. To carry the mantle that I have ordained for you to carry, you can’t return to how things were, you have to follow me in a new way.”
In that moment everything stopped because of that revelation.
The day before I read Exodus 3, which is Moses at the burning bush and this is where his status quo changed.
Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel of out Egypt. – Exodus 3:10 (NKJV)
Moses was tending to his father-in-law’s flock when the Lord appeared to him. He was doing what he usually did. But God said no, how things are now and what you are doing isn’t aligned with the great things I have in store for you. God said I will be with you and use you to fulfill this great commission,
God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’ – Exodus 3:16 (NKJV)
All throughout the Bible, God changed the status quo of people before he used them to do mighty things.
What is it about your status quo that God has been telling you to change? It could be your friends or social circle. He may be calling you into a deeper time of prayer, or spending time alone in his presence. There may be a spiritual gift that you have and aren’t using because of fear, but all he’s asking you to do is trust him.
Calls To Action
- Seek God – our foundation is the personal relationship that we have with God. We can seek him through prayer, worship, or reading his word. Music is an open door into his presence for me so I’ll put on worship music and just pray. Create a space in your house where you can seek him daily.
- Identify – what area of your status quo needs to change? What has God called you to do?
- Be Strong in the Lord – God calls us to do things that we can’t do on our own. It’s only through him that we can do great things. I know for myself I have to trust in his word and trust in his promise that he will always be with me.