Wednesday, April 25, 2007

To Live Life

One of the reasons I have taken this recent break from blogging and all other internet activities is because I noticed how I had fallen into a pattern of letting my life continue on while I failed to take initiative to accomplish my goals. It is so much easier to live a life of routine then it is to take action to accomplish what is important. I know I would much rather sit in front of a computer or sit on the couch watching a movie than to do anything that takes any effort, let alone real work.

How sad life becomes when we settle for simple existence. We take the path of least resistance and continue the daily cycle of work, TV, and sleep. The life God created us to live is a life that is very different. It isn’t necessarily more exciting, but it is more difficult, and it will require us to break free from the routine we have established for ourselves.

Jeremiah 29:11 reads; “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” (NASB). God has a plan for our lives that is more than spending time watching television or surfing the world wide web. God’s intention for our lives was not that it be wasted through inactivity, but to walk to the path of the disciple. In other words God wants us to become active partners with Him as He restores us to be the people He created us to be.

This isn’t about a life sitting a pew at church and giving 10 percent of our income. The Disciple of Jesus Christ is on a daily journey to become more like his/her teacher. We are to spend our days trying to become like Jesus. This requires daily study of God’s Word, the Bible. We, Disciples of Christ in the United States, have so many resources for studying God’s Word, but we don’t take advantage of them. The average church attender is basically Biblically illiterate, and the church leaders (including many preachers and teachers) aren’t that much better off.

Yet it is not enough to merely study God’s Word. James wrote; But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves (James 1:22; NASB). The way the Word of God makes a difference in our lives is if we obey what it says. If we are not going to make an effort to align our lives with the words of Scripture than our effort to study those words has been in vain. It is in this action, more than the action of studying that proves our faith in God. We trust Jesus, not when we sit at His feet and listen to His teachings, but when we make an effort to put those teachings into practice.

The easiest thing in the world is to continue on with the way things are. We can delude ourselves into thinking that I am okay and that no changes need to be taken in our lives. All the while we fail to take another step forward in becoming the person God created us to be.

To be a disciple of Jesus isn’t about going on some grand adventure, but it is about entering into a difficult task. A disciple of Christ isn’t saved from the mundane responsibilities of life, but we are giving a hope. To be a disciple often is about survival, taking one day at a time to accomplish the tasks given to us. It is when we commit ourselves to the actions of a disciple, study and change, in this reality that God works the restoring process on our lives. Some how we need to live a life of faith when the easiest thing in the world would be to live a life of routine.

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