How do we do it?
I think this is the hang-up for people in all aspects of life, including myself. I want to diet but I don’t know where to start. I want to workout but I don’t know where to go. I want to take Jesus with me but I don’t know how. I want to live a life of restoration but I don’t know what that looks like. Last week, I said that Restorers tend to live a life fully connected to Christ. They don’t have areas where He is not allowed, or where they don’t take Him. The end result being, we should take Jesus everywhere with us. It’s one of those things that seems simple when reading it but living it out may be a little tougher. This post will be a series of tasks that I believe are key to living this out in a practical way.
- Own it. I think you have to make the decision in your heart and in connection with God before anything will start to play out in your life. You have to get very real with God about where you are and where you are trying to get. This is a little different than public profession, this is an internal dialogue between you and God.
- Pray about it. My first thought here is to tell you not to get hung up on prayer. Don’t default to prayer when this is about doing. You can’t use prayer as an excuse to ignore God. It’s odd to even type that but I think we do it. I say, “well I prayed about it so now I am waiting for God to answer.” God answers when you start moving. Make intentional baby steps in what feels like the right direction and you’ll be amazed at how He starts to respond to your prayers.
- Tell others. You’ve heard this before and it will be the topic of my writing next week. Find community around your decision to chase after God. Like other goals you set in your life you need to have people that know your plan and help hold you accountable.
- Seek teaching. For me, this is 100% about finding a local church. We cannot ignore the power of the local church but more importantly we cannot ignore that we need to be taught. Be humble enough to admit you don’t know everything and make yourself available to teaching. A pastor at a church is meant to be a teacher for you. Don’t stop looking until you find one that connects with you.
- Make it daily. Read the bible. Pray. Listen to a podcast. Do whatever you need to do to make this practice a daily occurrence.
- Be graceful. Don’t forget why we need God. We are not perfect and we will mess up. You will inevitably miss reading your bible or praying in a usual time slot, but don’t beat yourself up over it. The simple response to God can be, “Lord, I didn’t find time for you today. But I love you and I will continue to seek you. Help me be better tomorrow.” And then receive the calming nature of our God.
- Let it show. God’s call is to make disciples. Our job on earth is to point people to Christ. For me, it doesn’t mean preaching everywhere I go and it’s definitely not avoiding and/or judging those they may act differently than you. But it does mean letting people see you being faithful. Let your love for God show. Don’t be afraid of what somebody will think if you bow your head at the dinner table. Don’t be afraid to clean up your language or stop drinking before the buzz feels right. Don’t be afraid to let others know that you believe in Jesus Christ. He doesn’t need us to defend Him or even preach to people. He wants us to love others in a way that can’t be anything but Jesus shining through.
God, will you help us put this into practice? Will you give me diligence to pursue these things? And Lord, may they be the things of your heart. I want to see you, seek you, and serve you. Today I will love others in a way that glorifies your name. Amen.