S T A R T S O M E W H E R E
When it comes to your relationship with Jesus, do you ever think:
“I just keep dropping the ball in my walk with Christ.”
“I just can’t get it together.”
“I used to be so on fire, what happened?”
“I can’t seem to get out of this time of spiritual drought!”
“What’s the point? I’ve messed up way too many times…”
“I just don’t know where to start.”
I’ve thought these things (and more), more times than I want to admit. One thing we need to remember is that we serve a God who is so FULL of GRACE. His arms are always wide open, He’s not condemning you, but He’s inviting you in…ALWAYS.
I love the gentle invitation from the Father in Psalms 27:8, “My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord, I am coming.'”
I think sometimes we view God in the wrong light — instead of seeing Him as the gracious, loving Father that He is, we view Him as the lecturing condemner. We feel guilt for not “being what we should be” instead of realizing the love and grace in the eyes of our caring God, who says, “there is NO CONDEMNATION for those in Christ Jesus” – there is grace, and only grace.
Don’t let past mistakes or shortcomings keep you from coming into His presence. His simple invitation is to come and talk with Him. Your simple response is coming and sitting before His presence. Let’s stop complicating it so much. Let’s stop trying to have it all together BEFORE we come in His presence. Let’s stop thinking it has to look a certain way. Let’s stop putting so many expectations on ourselves, and instead let’s simply come before Him every day. He will shape us and mold us. Gently and tenderly. He will speak to our hearts personally.
All we have to do is start somewhere. Make space and time to get in His presence. He promises to meet us. He’s inviting us with open arms. Just start somewhere. Start today. Then keep walking into His arms on a daily basis. He’s waiting. Are you willing?
If you’d like some practical guidance of ways that you can ignite the fire in your spiritual life, I encourage you to consider signing up for the discipleship program that I lead called:
(The next session begin October 2nd)