Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Is the Christian life routine?

Okay, it's been quite a while since I've blogged. The muse just hasn't been stirring! I sensed that was about to change however when in service last week, I had one of those "random thoughts."

The sermon was about the Kingdom of God and how the Kingdom is Righteousness, Peace, and Joy. I had heard sermons about keeping your peace and joy, but when Pastor began to talk about walking in Righteousness, the wheels began to turn. Let me begin by stating that by Righteousness, I'm not referring to some set of rules and regulations. I'm talking about walking in obedience to the voice of God as He leads you. We know that when we are saved, we receive the Robe of Righteousness, but walking in Righteousness has more to do with following God on a daily basis....walking WITH Him as it were.
Anyway, as I remember, Pastor was talking about how we as Christians sometimes get to a point of obeying God about something, and because we either are unwilling to submit or we just sort of "put off obeying", we get off the "path of righteousness" and take a detour. We're no longer heading in the direction we thought we were, but instead we're going around in circles. It's much like what the children of Israel did in the desert...circled around the mountain. We eventually come back to that "lesson" or "place of decision" where we are once again presented with the option of obeying or "making another round." I had heard this before...but somehow this time I "heard" a different part.

As Pastor illustrated his point by walking in that circle, it occured to me...that's when the Christian life gets "dull". I've heard it before..."the fire is gone, I feel like I'm not growing, this life has become routine." To be honest, I've felt it myself. So what happened? I got off the path and started walking in circles. It's no wonder it felt dull. The scenery wasn't changing much because I was simply walking in circles, covering the same ground I'd gone over so many times before....much like running around the track over and over again. Of course it would be dull!

However, if I am walking in the path of righteousness that God has mapped out for me, well that is anything BUT dull! Each day can be a new adventure because God has planned something for me to learn, a life for me to touch, or simply a day of rest in Him. I love that song by the Newsboys..."Wherever we go, that's where the party's at!" That song strikes a chord in me (pardon the pun) that reminds me that wherever I go, I'm supposed to make a difference. Why? Because wherever I go, I take Jesus...whether I realize it or not! But that's a whole different blog!

So what's the point? I guess it boils down to this....if you think the Christian life is dull, perhaps it's time to stop and ask yourself if you've moved off the path of Righteousness. I know I'm going to keep a close eye on myself...just in case I start thinking life is getting too routine.


Yansha said...

okay, so I want to go on the path of righteousness, I want to stop going in circles, but I don't. I have the choice to, it's right there, but I choose not to even though I want to. I don't even know why. I go to church, read the bible, pray, but I'm not appealed to it anymore; I'm apathetic about it all. I just don't feel the fire in me. I know I'm hurting God, but still, I don't. Yeah, I'm obeying him, but not at all out of heart. I'm trying but nothing. How do I get the fire back in me?

Donna said...

A verse in Psalms has really been rolling over in my head the past few days...perhaps it will mean something to you.I'm paraphrasing a bit here from Psalm 51:10 - 12:
"Create in me a clean heart Oh God and renew a right spirit within me, cast me not away from thy presence Oh Lord, take not thy Holy Spirit from me, restore unto me the JOY OF THY SALVATION and renew a right spirit within me."
Yansha, I am praying for you. The joy of the Lord is your strength and I know that you will again feel the fire. Remember all that God has done for you and in your life, rehearse it over in your head - in other words, remind yourself. Take the time to remember moments, no matter how small when you felt God's love pour over you. As you do this, see if you don't find yourself falling in love with Him all over again. It's not so much about trying harder as it is about stirring up the old coals and letting God fan the flames. You did not mention how long you have known the Lord, but in the Christian walk, like in marriage, there are times of burning passion and times of quiet realization that you are loved. Both are precious and true.
When you feel the fire again, and you will, you will appreciate God's presence even more than before. It's almost like when you see someone you love after not being with them for a while...you no longer take them for granted and you love them even more.