Believe me, I've been caught up in this, too. When your life is going well, we can begin to fall into this tendency.
What is this tendency?
To treat Jesus as a topping on your life Sundae. A little prayer here, a little Bible reading there, no real desperation to have close fellowship with God, just enough Jesus to ease the conscience.
Why do we do this?
When you are in a difficult season of life, you are told to hold fast to Jesus and he will provide you with the strength to get through. THIS IS TRUE!
"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:12-13)
When you have been hurt, you are told to go to the Lord, for He will give rest to your soul. THIS IS TRUE!
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)
Our desperation for healing, strength, and rest leads us to the only one who can provide the things to which our soul longs for.
However, we don't feel this sense of desperation to cling to the Savoir all the time. In times of comfort and ease, Jesus becomes more of a topping than the meal. That is, we are complacent in pursuing Jesus and are left with no desperation or fervor in pursuing the things of God.
You see, difficult circumstances in life often lead us to seek God fervently. A close fellowship with God is the only thing that will provide comfort to our weary soul in the midst of struggle. We have known this ever since Christ gave us a new heart when we repented and trusted Jesus for salvation.
Because all of us still struggle with the sinful flesh, we are so quick to forget this truth when we are not going through a situation in which we are forced to cling to our Savoir.
The question is: "How can we fervently pursue Christ even when things are seemingly going well (on the surface)?"
This is a heart issue, we would rather live in comfortable complacency than to live in the fullness of God's presence in our lives and pursue him further.
We must desire Him more than comfort. We have to let Christ move in our hearts and embrace the true joy that flows from fervently pursuing Christ.
True joy is experienced in the midst of our desperate pursuit of God
True joy or delight can only be experienced when we are pursuing that to which our whole being thirsts, who is Jesus.
Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life." (John 4:13-14)
When things are easy or comfortable we get distracted by many other things that will not provide transcending joy.
Today, I urge you to consider whether things in your life are going well or falling apart, regardless, pursue Christ with your whole being, find rest, healing, and a transcending joy that will satisfy your soul.
Song of the Week- I AM THEY - Scars
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