As often happens my soul was refreshed at church today – the well-selected songs, the body of Christ together and a message that reminded me again of the goodness and patience of God towards sinners. I could tell the many around me experienced that same thing.
My week has been a discouraging one and today reminded me again that God is not finished with me yet.
But Monday looms.
I get it somehow in my head, how it stays there God only knows, that a new start, a silver bullet, is all I need to stay on track. When reality is, I am in moment by moment desperate need of His grace.
Sunday’s shot of glory and grace is not enough to ride on for the week. Yes, it is meant to re-energize us – to remind US of God’s work on our behalf. Yes, we come together as a body and something powerful is released. But my soul needs daily mercies. I want to live every day with my eyes captivated with the glory of Jesus.
So I want to share four ways I believe that happens.
- Feast on His Word. I don’t think it is possible to live as we long to without regularly seeking the face of God in the Bible. Bible time is not religious duty time – it is a time of listening to the voice of Father teach, encourage, correct and renew us. Our Christian life cannot but be anemic without regular time in the Word
- Refresh my Soul In Prayer – Prayer is worship which lifts us from self. Prayer is casting our cares on Him, bringing us to dependence and relief that He is the one who sustains us. Prayer is hard – at least for me. My mind wanders – yet if I persist in it I am given strength for the day.
- Connect with His Saints. We need the body of Christ more than just on Sundays. Someone needs you to encourage them. And we need someone to speak into our lives. Who can you spend some time with this week to edify each other, to confess to each other and to believe together in the Gospel of his Grace?
- Serve Those Around You. Serving others nurtures my soul. Even when I don’t want to – and I often don’t – as soon as I say “Yes,” I find that somehow I am the one restored. God has designed us to serve those around him and has granted us gifts in the Spirit to do so. The exercise of these gifts gives us opportunity to witness first-hand the work of the Lord through weak instruments.
Bottom line is I want to live more of my life in light of who Jesus is. I want my life to be consumed with Him every day not just Sundays. And I want to witness the work of God in the lives of those I come in contact with. So I’m preaching this to myself… but to you as well, my brothers and sisters – We have a great Lover of our Souls and His name is Jesus. Let’s live together with hearts abandoned for Him.