What’s Stopping You?

It is a most peculiar thing to consider how in the middle of a giant parking lot a single weed or blade of grass can make its way through something that we need a jack hammer to break.  It is quite intriguing that something so small and tender can battle against tarmac that supports thousands of pounds at a time and win.  It’s somewhat sad at times that people, including myself, lack the tenacity of that single tender plant.

We look at the scope of our problems.  We look at the size of our adversaries.  We look at the strength of the enemy and we determine that “it will never work.”  We believe that the task is just too big to accomplish.  We see where we want to be and where we are now and we just give up.  The odds are so far in the favor of our opposition or the mountain that we are facing and we fail to even take a first step.  And so, without even trying we have already failed.

This is where most people find themselves in their spiritual walk.  When it comes to a healthy relationship with God the task seems absolutely insurmountable.  When it comes to growing in knowledge and wisdom, we don’t move forward because we are afraid of failing.  When it comes to reading the scriptures, we see them as exhaustive and we can’t see where we would find the time.  When we consider sharing the gospel with someone, we grow timid because we’re afraid that we don’t know enough.

But here’s some encouragement; the path to an intimate relationship with God, an understanding of His Word, and sharing the good news of the gospel isn’t a quick trip, it’s a daily journey.  Each day that we lean on Him is a day of growing stronger in each one of those areas.  By picking up the scriptures and studying on a single chapter or book for a period of time, you begin to realize the need to slow down and process what you’re consuming.  You have to give yourself time to soak in the truth that He has for you.

By finding your way into a daily routine of prayer, you begin to find a greater dependence on shutting off the noise and listening for His whisper.  When we do these things, we begin to grow in our love for him and then in our love for others and this enables us to better take the gospel to those whom He came to save.

Remember, the grass didn’t overtake it’s adversary in a day but it was through daily efforts that a breakthrough occurred.  Through Christ’s strength, your daily efforts are going to prepare you for the breakthrough moment in your life.

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

Philippians 3:12-4:1, ESV

Prayer:

Father, may we be a people who relentlessly pursue after you.  May we desire to see our lives poured our for your glory.  May we press into the life that you have called us to lead and by your strength may rush the gates of Hell that others might come to know who you are and what you have done.

For Your Kingdom,

PC

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