Ever buy a new purse or pair of shoes, that you’re excited about? You call a girl friend and share ‘what a deal’ it was? Or you get home with that new goodie and think ‘man, that was expensive!” Regardless of the price, you’re excited about the NEW treasure and are careful to take good care of it. You wipe it down, and constantly inspect it after use, sound familiar? After about a week of so, it starts to wear on you… don’t really give it the close attention you did when you first bought it. Then after a month or two- once you’ve had your use of it – it then finds its home with the other “once upon a time” possessions. You’re familiar with this drill, aren’t you? Let me ask you this, has God been like that pair of shoes or purse in your life?
Personally, I identify closely with Martha in the Bible. I give MUCH attention to the physical needs in my life. It isn’t wrong or unbiblical to serve the Lord and my family- in fact it is our calling as women and wives in Proverbs 31 (and there is no shame in that). There are days though, that I consider to be those “off-days” (sometimes even weeks)… you know, just the ones that you’re abnormally clumsy, mysteriously tired ALL DAY, body feels weak, lazy, tired, you’re cramping, you forget to feed the dogs, you left the oven on – those kind of days… amidst the laundry, cleaning, cooking, bills, work, school. Hustle, hustle, hustle. Sometimes I can hear the voice of the Lord speak to my heart, “Micheline, Micheline, you are worried and troubled over many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.” It’s on those days that the I sense the Spirit of God tugging at my heart, inviting me to throne grace where I’m given permission to come boldly and receive mercy and grace to help in time of need [Hebrews 4:16]. I confess that often my response is “wait Lord, let me just finish (you fill in the blank) THEN I’ll visit with you.”
Is what we once treasured and took careful attention to (salvation of the Lord), now merely “ordinary”? Just an average thing that occurred in your life? In my devotions recently, Romans 6:4 has been saturating in my heart: “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, EVEN SO WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.” An essential belief of any born again Christian, is that Christ was raised from the dead- period. That must be a fact, genuinely believed through and through; without a hint of doubt. If then we believe this, Romans 6:4 is a more than an invitation, but a calling (a way of life) to ignite/fuel our faith again. Because Jesus being raised from the dead is NOT an ordinary thing, if we believe it- it’s wrong to have just an “ordinary/ routine/ bland” life. As His beloved children, He gives us NEWNESS of life. In foodie terms, he infuses the very essence of His existence within us (He makes all things new)…. Are you experiencing that today?
Soo.. Is it fear … that your neighbor will ask you something you might not know how to answer? that you may live without? What people think and say behind your back? Or fear of getting out of your comfort zone? Insecurity in the unknown?
“If ANYONE desires to come after ME, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16: 24-26
So what? Should our lives remain ordinary? Familiar? Under the radar? Safe?
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” In the average/ordinary/ day-to-day doing of life, the physical things around us may not change, but the heart attitude, motivation, direction is NEW- fresh…. We are called by God to live fearlessly, to further His Kingdom. We are called by Christ to live dangerously, only to glorify His name. So despite what sufferings and backlash this world is throwing at you….
“do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a for more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18
Heaven is our home, allow your life to reflect this truth and inspire the rest of the world to believe. Pray and ask the Lord to meet you where you are, infuse Himself in your life and refresh your soul today.
Newness, wearing off? Bible Study Worksheet (Click the link to print PDF)