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See, we are no different than Bart. We are blind in this world need a touch from Jesus, and like Bart, we know it. Even as Christians we can still be blind and walking aimlessly around without any sense of direction or purpose. God says we can find Him in the darkness of the secret place (Psalm 18:11, Matthew 6:18), we just have to keep crying out to Him and pursuing our relationship with Him (Matthew 7:7). We keep saying that we want to change and we’ll try anything. We’ll read books, listen to sermons online, watch TV preachers and even send them some money so we can get blessed or delivered. These things are good and help to teach us about God, but none of them can replace the time we must set aside to pray and read (study, meditate on, etc.) the Bible.
We have to take Bart’s approach and get to the place where we are so desperate for God and to be like Him that we will pursue Him no matter what. Even when people tell us that we’re a fanatics or that we’re taking “this God thing” a little too far, keep pursuing Him. Cry out to Him to be touched. If youare anything like me, you know what area of life you struggle with and we need to throw these things off like a coat in the summer and leave them there at the foot of the cross (Hebrews 12:1).
I know that sometimes it’s not easy, and God never said it would be, but isn’t it worth it? If I told you that I would give you $10,000,000 if you would spend at least an hour a day praying and reading the Bible for six months straight while keeping your same work or school schedule, I guarantee that not only could you do it, you would.
How much more valuable than that is your relationship with God and our eternal life with Him? It’s priceless. We need to get our priorities straight.
If you were training to be a professional athlete or a concert pianist it would require great sacrifice and countless hours of training and preparation. To most people shooting 100 jump shots and 300 free throws a day on a basketball court would seem ridiculous, but ask Michael Jordan how many tens of thousands of jump shots and free throws he took in practice, even while in the NBA. If you could ask Mozart how many hours he spent at the piano I am quite sure his answer would be over fifteen thousand! Somehow as Christians we expect God to give us a free ride to the front of the Holy Ghost power train and it’s not like that: it never has been. Even Jesus had to learn obedience through trials (Hebrews 5:8).
You say, “Chris, what you are saying is nuts and you don’t invest as much of your life as you are talking about others doing,” and you are correct, but that is what I am pressing for. This is my goal: to be like Jesus. I must love Him with everything I have, and He will help me through His strength and guidance. It will take many things in my life to get there, and many trials, sacrifices and victories are on that road. Of the many things it will require, I know that one is a holy desperation to be like Jesus.
I leave you with Philippians 3:12-14(NIV): “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
- Peace and God bless.