Lately, we have had a massive influx of visitors at our house – nephews, friends, sisters and parents and sometimes multiple people at a time – it’s been crazy. Good…really good, but crazy. And distracting. I’m noticing the more distracted we are, the more unintentional we are about studying the Word, praying together and seeking God on a daily basis.
We seem to drift into merely managing a Christian like life rather than being a slave to God and living what comes out of that. I say “Christian like” because I don’t know what it would look like for the Spirit to actively live through me because I didn’t actively seek Him out that day. I did what I had done yesterday or the other day as if God wasn’t alive and involved, bringing me something new to experience and live out.
So, my life gets stale like day old crackers left out on the counter. It still seems like a cracker; but you taste and eat it, and it’s lost its punch. This morning God reminded me to be aware of all of the ways He is alive today. To settle for living off the truth He taught me last week would be passive and wondering what He’ll teach me tomorrow would be futile.
In doing either of those, I am ignoring what He is attempting to be show me today. I need to open my eyes and ears to His kingdom. Today is our Sabbath and we are fighting the urge to go over and continue working on our house that we are getting ready to sell. While it would be a “good thing” and also somewhat enjoyable, it would be a distraction from this day of intentional rest.
We need to just be even though our human nature is so driven to do. We’re stopping and being intentional about the only thing in our life that is not demanding our time and attention: God! He gently invites us into fellowship with Him.
“‘Do not work on the Sabbath day. Do not do just anything you want to on my holy day. Make the Sabbath a day you can enjoy. Honor my holy day. Do not work on it. Do not do just anything you want to. Do not talk about things that are worthless. Then you will find your joy in me. I will give you control over the most important places in the land. And you will enjoy all of the good things in the land I gave your father Jacob.’ The Lord has spoken.”
– Isaiah 58:13-14 (NIRV)
“Father, I repent of the fact that sometimes I live off the leftovers of Your truth and guidance. Help me to remember that the new breath in my lungs every morning is a reminder of You breathing and pulsating Your life into mine. That You are never stale; and if I walk with You moment by moment, consistently turning to You, I can live in the freshness and boldness of Your living Kingdom. Lord, I believe You! Help me where there is unbelief…”