When Our Obedience to Christ Meets the Deep Ditch of the Mundane Day to Day
Three Things in Life that I Believe We Often Get Stuck In
Why isn’t it simple to do what the Lord asks of us?
Why do we so often take the clear callings that God places in front of us and muddy them with life?
For me when it comes to this problem, I’ve noticed a few things in my life which hold me back.
The first is fear of the unknown.
You may think, “Well what is it that you have to be afraid of? God’s not calling you do to something that He isn’t already equipping you for, right?”
While that is a true statement, the reason I put fear first is because, for me, fear of the unknown is a major obstacle.
We love to know what is going on and what is up next. We love to have the idea that we have done this before and since that’s the case we can know what to expect.
For the follower of Christ, don’t you think Christ has greater blessings set in front of us than behind us? I believe that He does, but we have to be willing to go into the unknown sometimes to find that God is as sufficient in the unknown as in the known.
The second barrier is that we have simply made our lives too busy.
When our day to day life is from sunrise to 11pm or midnight, we have too much going on.
I have been told many times that I don’t have enough “margin” in my life. I have come to understand that for me to say “yes” to everything is often to say “no” to being obedient to what God is calling me to.
I have to continually ask myself, what do I need to being saying “no” to?
Busyness in the end is just busy-ness, more work is just more work, more things are just more things, more money is just more money. We will just spend the money and the things will break. We will never get back the time that we have invested into getting to this place we are seeking.
I think all of this reveals a few things. We are addicted to doing more and we often find our happiness in the things that our busyness can get us. I will be the first to say this is an issue for me and one that I am quite far from getting past.
So, what in our lives could we stop doing so that we have more opportunity to act on the things that Jesus is calling us to?
Lastly, I don’t think we are the greatest at listening.
Let’s face it, though, who has time to listen and when we do we often hear a call to the unknown, so honestly why would we want to listen that closely?
Listening for the follower of Christ is something that we have to become far better at. When was the last time that you or I quietly listened to what God was telling us? If it has been awhile, I want to encourage you to do so. Then when we do hear Him, maybe the best thing to do isn’t to question it, just do it.
By no means is this an exhaustive list of what ails our obedience. These are just three elements that I often struggle with the most.
Lord, give us courage to carry through with the convictions that you lay on our hearts.