Do you agree? Is this the real problem of the Christian life?
I’ve been up since 2:00 in the morning. This quote hit me hard upon waking. It seems to have found me without my searching as I waited for the coffee to brew. As the thoughts of my day came rushing in. As I piled books up to read to fill my time and head.
So I stopped for a moment.
I think I agree. The real problem of the Christian life…it’s biggest challenge is…simply pausing.
Wouldn’t that put an end to so much Christian sin, mindless activity and lack of intentional running after Jesus’ calling on our lives?
To just pause.
Am I headed where God’s Word tells me to head?
Am I thinking upon what God’s Word tells me to think upon? Am I even thinking upon His Word?
Am I responding in love and by His Spirit or in anger, frustration, irritation, selfishness…the flesh?
Am I caught up in my natural fleshly “fussings and frettings” or am I standing back asking the Lord to help and guide me?
Am I caught up in Him?
Pausing this morning…coming in out of the wind. It’s bitter cold out there.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” -Philippians 4:4-9
I’d love to know what YOU think the biggest challenge of the Christian life is. Our challenges change as our life circumstances change. Please leave a comment, I’d love to connect!