The Bible is packed full of verses that call us to energy-driven obedient lives as followers of Jesus. For instance, listen to 2 Peter 1: 5-8 from The Message:
“So don't lose a minute in building on what you've been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus.”
What we see here is a life that is staying on a path of continued growth. And, with growth, there’s a reward. Did you see it? Scripture tells us not only here but also in Hebrews 11:6b that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
I wonder, how is your devotional life with Jesus lately? Is making time for Him hard for you? If so, I understand. I’ve been there at times in my life, too. Yet, I recount those times with a shudder down my spine. They’ve been some of the loneliest times of my life—terribly lonely.
Friend, the presence of God is soothing to the soul—no matter how hard you have to fight to press into Him. I assure you, if you’re willing to make these 3 changes in your daily life, you’ll see a mighty big difference in how you feel with Jesus. You’ll begin to feel enlivened by Him.
Set your alarm, get up early and, if you’re able, get on your face in prayer.
Talk to the Lord about your struggles, fears, and areas where you need to trust Him more. Submit to His authority over every area of your life. And repent. Yes, repent, of every area of sinfulness. Ask the Holy Spirit for His help in overcoming what has been defeating you in your life. Commit every decision to Him, and do not be so quick to live without His guidance in decision making. Lastly, ask for the Holy Spirit’s protection against the Satan and his dark forces.
Get into the Scriptures.
You cannot keep in step with the Holy Spirit without His Word governing your life. “There's nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God–breathed and useful one way or another––showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us” (2 Timothy 3:15b-17, The Message). What’s not to want about that?
Make a point to serve somebody.
Look for needs in people’s lives and meet them. Buy a single mom some groceries. Spend some time with a teenager who needs some love. Invite a widow to grab a bite together. Go on that mission trip! Write that book or Bible study. Take someone a meal. Give away some clothes to someone who needs some. Make that call.