Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Don’t forget to look in the mirror

“The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.” (Proverbs 26:15, ESV)

Oh that silly sluggard…

This is a funny proverb. I am never too tired to pick up food in front of me and eat, so therefore this is a proverb that allows me to laugh at other people.

Oh those “other people” who bury their Bible on the shelf and can’t be bothered to read it.

And those “other people” whose God is always faithfully listening, but they forget to pray.

Then there are those “other people” who finally found a faithful church, but they find it too demanding to really participate in it.

 Silly sluggard.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Already exhausted?

“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.” (Philippians 3:12, ESV)

Doesn't the daily battle get exhausting?

If only the struggle were merely external, that would be one thing. But the battle rages in my heart before I can even get out of bed.

Why do I still make a mess of things like I do? Why is my heart still so conflicted and torn? Why is simply trusting God still so difficult?

Why is my life such a work in progress when I've already labored so long?

Sometimes the questions are good, sometimes the questions are pure despair. Sometimes the questions boil down to a broken and gasping cry to the heavens: Why should I even keep going?

"...because Christ Jesus has made me his own."

Long ago my Savior knew the despair. Long ago he knew the choice between pressing on and giving up. In the face of the world's fiercest opposition, he pressed on.

He didn't press on merely to get through the trials, he pressed on so that he could buy me. He pressed on so that he could give his life to make me his own.

So I view my exhaustion in a new way. I view my troubles with new eyes.

I press on because Christ pressed on for me.