Break it up & Go Deeper!

I have found, as a follower of Christ, that I should strive to never become comfortable or complacent with my spiritual status quo.  I should always embody a degree of spiritual “discomfort” – a longing, an unquenchable thirst, and a yearning for more of Jesus…to go deeper in relationship with Him.

 

Throughout this year, my wife and I have strived to KNOW GOD more through deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ.  We have tapered off more and more  inessential media (TV, radio, web, phone, etc.).  We’ve replaced it with more meaningful family time and God-honoring time in prayer and in His Word.  The results have been truly divine.

 

More peace.

More joy.

More Jesus.

 

The more we are consumed with Jesus, the less we desire extraneous technology and media inputs.  We more time we devote to one another and our children, the less and less we feel a need for video, audio, or technological stimuli.  As God grows bigger in our family’s lives, everything else diminishes.

 

No regrets, indeed.

 

We sensed God’s call to “break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD.” (Hosea 10:12)  Also to “Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.” (Joel 2:13)

 

Please permit me to challenge you to break up any hard, complacent ground, “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…being rooted and established in love…to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:17,19)

 

As Jesus challenged Peter, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.  Simon answered, ‘…because you say so, I will let down the nets.’” (Luke 5:4)  Peter obeyed in faith and was abundantly rewarded.

 

Although Peter failed often, he rarely settled for comfortable or complacent.  He went deeper.  When Jesus called on him to walk on water, He was the only one who experienced a miracle that night. “Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” (Matthew 14:29)

 

Be bold in Christ and step out of your boat.  Break up the hard ground.  Go deeper in Him.