This week, I am not specfically focusing on a particular chapter of John within the Bible. Instead, I am thinking more about what I have learned within the past few weeks and how it has pertained into my life, as well as how I have been facing the ‘struggles’ that plague everyone. John talks to new believers a lot about why they should come to Jesus or how to begin their faith, but I am not a new believer. Granted, I was not born into Christianity, so I am relatively ‘new’ but I don’t think that it is quite the same thing. Lately, because of this, I have been thinking more about what the ‘not-so-new’ believers are to do when they feel that their faith is beginning to slow down. Everyone gets those fires and passions to do God’s will, but we don’t always feel those and I think, sometimes, that church and the entire Christian thing becomes more of a chore (for the lack of a better word) than a way of life.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I am losing my faith or anything like that. Instead I am simply saying this. Lately, I have felt at certain times, where my faith feels minimal and I am doing the ‘bare minimum’ to be faithful and to seek relationship with God. So, I have decided to make more of an effort. I guess, some people have told me that they think I am doing plenty for my faith (with this blog, and my small group, and men’s ministry and worship ministry), but…is it weird that I want more? Is it weird that I want to strive for a more full relationship with Jesus?
I think that we all face the challenges of keeping our faith fresh and focused upon God instead of our churches, or our music, or whatever it may be, and I have heard it said by a lot of people that you can’t have those ‘God moments’ 100% of the time. Though that is most defintely true, I don’t think it is necessarily wrong to try and strive towards that or even want to feel it. It becomes a problem when people fall into the ‘blah’ moments and blame God for not showing Himself enough to them. If God showed Himself to you all the time, what would ever cause us to be excited after awhile? Wouldn’t it get boring and monotonous in our eyes…maybe even take it for granted?
That’s just been on my mind lately. I also realize that this is one of the few blogs in my class that hasn’t received any comments yet, and perhaps that is because people may not be able to relate to it. Perhaps not…I’m not really sure. But anyways, I guess my challenge for this week is to, well, figure out what your passion is. It is probably where you feels those ‘God moments’ the most…