What will keep you ‘Moving Forward’, spiritually?
What will actually lead you to ‘Full Life’ in Jesus Christ?
After all, if all we do is start, but we don’t continue, that’s a failure!
In this blog series, we’ve talked about ‘Moving Forward’ by getting rid of the garbage in our lives, and we’ve talked about Moving Forward by focusing on/making room for the Good Stuff…but how do we keep moving forward?
Think about any journey you’ve taken…or any trip you’ve planned…or any strategy you’ve developed–there’s always a destination, a goal.
What is the GOAL of the Christian life?
To be sure, there are lots of things to do…lots of ‘spiritual activities’ to prioritize.
Time in the Word of God, consistent involvement in church, serving others in His name…
But that’s not the ‘goal’. Those are steps along the way.
…and, if we’re not careful, they can become ‘religious hoops’ that we jump through, with no real sense of purpose. In those cases, they become ‘obligations’…lifeless ‘duties’ we follow, hoping that one day we’ll ‘get it’.
What, then, is the Goal of the Christian life?
What is the ‘pursuit’ that gives your life direction, meaning and clarity, as a Christ-follower?
Now some are thinking ‘wait…I’ve already found Him!’, and in one sense, you’re correct. If you are a born-again believer in Jesus, then you have ‘found’ Him.
However, that is not the end, but the beginning.
‘Finding God’ in the sense of becoming a believer, being ‘born of the Spirit’ (see John 3:3-6) is like your birth-day. You don’t stop living after that!
Many of us, children of God by faith in Jesus, have forgotten that.
We’ve been ‘born again’, and we’re headed for heaven, but we’re sort of in a ‘holding pattern’ here. We’re stalled. We’re waiting…we’re certainly not ‘moving forward’.
Why is that?
Because, in many respects, we’ve stopped ‘seeking Him’.
In Jeremiah 29, the prophet has a message for those in exile. He wants them to know that it won’t always be that way. There will be a time when God will restore them.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
They were originally placed ‘in exile’ because, as a nation, they had been unfaithful to God. They had taken Him for granted, they had intermarried and begun to worship the ‘gods’ of the nations around them. He’d warned them and called them back, but they’d only responded half-heartedly, and had continued on their misguided path.
So, they were experiencing what He’d promised them: the Discipline of the Lord.
Now, He was promising them that one day, they’d be restored.
What would be the key?
They would begin to “seek Him with all their heart” (29:13)
In Hebrews 11, we’re reminded of a similar thing: “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
Seeking God, it seems, is pretty important…and we can’t do it with half our hearts, a portion of our minds, and a fraction of our behavior. We need to seek God COMPLETELY!
Fellow Christian, are you ‘stalled’ in your faith?
Are you in ‘neutral’?
If so, let me just ask you: Are you Seeking God…for real?
Here @ KCC, we talk about ‘Relentlessly pursuing an ever-deepening relationship with God’.
By that, we mean to say that, no matter who I am, no matter how long I’ve been a Believer, I know that there’s more. I know that my loving Father is inviting me to go deeper, to know Him more, experience Him more…and we want to go there.
What about you?
When was the last time you really fell on your knees to ‘SEEK God’ with all your heart?
Now is the time…Today is the day…This is the hour!
Cry out to Him and ask Him to renew and revive you! Ask Him to bring you deeper…and to keep you moving closer!
Do not settle for ‘what has been’…seek Him more!
He wants to ‘Start a Fire’ within you…and keep it burning!
Will you let Him?