Living in somewhat of a dust bowl, I sometimes wonder why I bother to clean.
I can sweep the house in the morning, but by evening, you can’t seem to tell.
The dust comes in under the doors, through the windows and falls off our clothes and shoes.
So why bother? Why not just let it go?
Well for one, I’d go a little more crazy, and for two, it wouldn’t be healthy for our family.
So rather than quit, I keep on sweeping.
Some times we as believers can ask similar questions.
Wondering why bother to read, pray, and do what is right?
When some days it seems like it does little to no good.
Some days we look around and see the “world” prospering.
While, we as Christians seem to be stuck with a world of problems, difficulties and trials.
I learned early on in my Christian walk that when I run hard after following the Lord, the enemy is quick on my heels. When I’m lethargic or apathetic… he seems to leave me be.
The enemy is all about discouraging us. He wants nothing more than to steal our joy and make us ineffective.
Some days I struggle to get motivated. I can think of numerous things I need to do, yet have little to no motivation to get after them.
This morning my husband preached a message from Proverbs 24:30 and onward which says,
I went past the field of a sluggard,
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.
And he said, it is easy as Christians and minister to start off good, but often along the way, we grow tired and weary and we begin to compromise, and before we know it if we aren’t careful, our vineyard is overgrown with weeds, our walls are in ruins, and when God looks on our life, our ministry He is displeased.
For none of us this is our goal. Yet, all too often this is the case. We lose sight of our prize, Jesus. We grow tired and weary in the race, and instead of running hard after the Lord, we start chasing after earthly pleasures. We sometimes even quit on God.
And the enemy is pleased, and he rejoices.
My husband shared that in the book of Proverbs, over and over again, we are told to search for, go after and seek wisdom and understanding. Like keeping the house clean, living in a dusty country, it is hard work. It doesn’t just happen, and it takes diligence.
Yet, if we are going to run the race well. If we are going to store up treasures in Heaven where neither moth nor rust can destroy. We must set our gaze on Christ. We must saturate our hearts and minds with God’s Word. We must encouraged others and be encouraged. We must diligently seek the Lord.
But here is the awesome truth. When we seek hard after Him, we will find Him. When we saturate our minds and hearts with God’s Word, we will see things as He sees them. We will think as He thinks. When we encourage others and are encouraged, we will have the strength needed to keep on keeping on.
The Christian walk isn’t easy. This is why Jesus said, broad is the way that leads to death and narrow is the way that leads to life.
It would be easy to quit, easy to live like the world. Easy to sleep and slumber, but rest assured, the thorns and thistles will quickly follow, and the walls will become broken.
Which is why we must be dressed in readiness, anticipating the real truth that even today, Christ could return. Will we be ready? Will our works on this earth have been of gold, silver and precious stones, or will they have been hay, and straw which will be consumed by the fire?
I want to encourage you today that though the Christian life can be hard. It is often met with challenges, trials and hardship. That it will be worth it all in the end.
And though continuing to run hard after Christ can sometimes feel futile. It is not.
Time spent drawing close to the Lord, seeking Him, and living for Him. Is time that is never wasted, but well spent.
Run hard after Jesus. Seek Him, and He will be found. Draw near to Him,and allow Him to cheer you along the way.
He is worth it!