Fixing a Wishy-Washy Walk

I read this great line from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers a few weeks ago. The line was, “there must be unflinching faithfulness to the Word of God…”

Unflinching faithfulness.

Unflinching faithfulness. Wow. What an incredible description of a true follower of Christ. No matter what the world tries to deceive us with, or whatever truth it attempts to water down, we are to remain unflinchingly faithful. Nothing will so much as sway us, or cause us to flinch, because we are faithful to God’s Word.

Is there unflinching faithfulness to God in my life? In yours?

This sat pretty heavy with me. Then guess what happened? I woke up the next day sick. I didn’t go into work, took a nap on the couch, drank some hot tea, and felt like total crap. Guess what I didn’t do? Spend time with God, pouring over His Word.

I couldn’t concentrate: my head felt stuffy, my eyes were watering, and my throat thought it was swallowing large, pointy rocks all day. I just couldn’t bring myself to grab my Bible and journal. Does that sound like unflinching faithfulness to you?

Me either.

We have high goals when it comes to our spiritual life. Those goals are actually things we really want.

We want to be closer to God.

We want to love others like He loves us.

We want to memorize Scripture.

We want to worship Him with complete abandon.

We want to have unflinching faithfulness.

But sadly, I don’t think we want it bad enough.

If that were really something we cared to see happen in our walk with God, we would do something about it. It breaks my heart that our relationship with God is filled with all of these noble desires and yet we don’t have the guts or the dedication to actually do it.

If you truly want to be an Olympic swimmer, you do whatever it takes to get there. Swim every day. Eat right. Listen to your coach. You train, you compete, you don’t stop. You can tell the difference between someone who actually desires to become an Olympic swimmer, and someone who just says so because it sounds good.

I don’t want my walk with God to be a bunch of promises to the Lord that I have no intention of carrying out.

But you want to know the cool part about our relationship with God?

It’s not about a list of accomplishments.

It’s not even about a list of spiritual disciplines.

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.” (Matthew 22:36-28)

God wants us to LOVE Him with all of our heart, soul, and mind.

When we do that, everything else will fall into place.

It will be a natural thing to memorize Scripture because we love God with our mind and His Word flows through it.

We will naturally feel “closer” to God because we have drawn our hearts to focus on Him above everything else.

We will be filled with unflinching faithfulness to God’s Word, not because we have determined to do so, but because our whole life is concentrated on our love and adoration of our Creator and our Savior.

We make it too complicated.

God simply asks you to come to Him and to love Him more than anything else.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” –James 4:8.

He’s waiting. How will you respond?

Join me in committing to read God’s Word every day this month! Let’s take the first step in shaping our life to have “unflinching faithfulness to the Word of God”.

A Million Little Reasons…

Typically, I can give myself a million little reasons NOT to do something. I am cautious. The kind of cautious that often stifles spontaneity. And so most decisions are made by very careful calculations. That is, until I studied abroad in Europe during college. Hear this: I was still careful. I do not have a single regret about my European adventures, except that they came to a close earlier than I would have liked.

But while studying, living, and exploring in Europe, I gave myself a million little reasons to do something. Paraglide off the Swiss Alps? Why not?! Put off schoolwork to walk through a quaint city in The Netherlands? The only logical choice. Stay up too late talking and learning something new about someone or something? No hesitations. Buy a plane ticket to Italy and figure out a schedule when you get there? Obviously, that’s the only way to really travel. Hostels, strange food, new people, different cities, unshared languages, and none of it seemed to bother me.

My mom even commented after I came home that I was different; more relaxed, less stressed. Because I lived every day anticipating an adventure. My to do list didn’t own me. There were a million reasons to explore, to rest, to enjoy, and to grow.

But unfortunately, that didn’t last very long.

Now I find myself weighing options about how to spend my time and constantly coming up with a million reasons why I shouldn’t take a day off. Why I shouldn’t read a fictional book for pleasure. There are a million reasons to not eat lunch with my coworkers because of how long my to-do is. A million reasons to stay home and go to bed early because I’m busy and tired. My schedule rules my life and that to-do list is unrelenting.

The same is also true when it comes to my relationship with God and the things He asks of me. There are always a million little reasons to put my Bible down—or not even pick it up. A million distractions and tasks or more seconds to sleep. But if there are a million little reasons to say, “no” to God…then there are a million BIG reasons to say, “yes!” And that answer needs to be louder and more consistent in my life. And so here you can find short, challenging, and encouraging thoughts to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus. Maybe this will be a place you come to rest mentally, or re-fuel emotionally. My prayer is that God will open my heart to be honest and speak only His Truth. Honestly, there are a million little reasons why I don’t want to do this… but God won’t let it go. So I’m not going to let it go.

Don’t let those little reasons keep you from hearing and responding to God today…

even if there are a million!