. . . your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. 1 Peter 1:17 (MSG)
A seemingly unavoidable truth in my walk with Christ is that He invades every aspect of my life. And to be honest, I’d like to say that such invasions are always welcomed, but they’re not. I find that God cares less about “what I can do for Him” than what “He wants to do through me.” But in so many ways I attempt to reduce my relationship with God to a formula, a sequence, a task. I replace “I wonder what God wants to say to me . . . ” with “Did I read my Bible today?” I make the ignorant exchange of “Lord, how should I pray today?” with “Did I do my prayers?” God is never satisfied with His children fitting Him into their day. He wants to be our day. He wants our focus, not our faxes. He wants our attention, not our tithes. He wants our allegiance, not conditions. In the end, we wants true love. And isn’t that what we want?
Peter identifies two meaningful realities for me. The first is that life with Christ is a journey. It is a process of knowing Him while being known. The joy is in the “arriving,” not in the “having arrived.” I’ll never forget when I read the words of Daniel Brown. He said, “The real work of ministry is not getting the work done; it is using the work to get people done.” And you know, I think God takes the same approach with us. We reduce life down to to-do lists and go about our business, failing to see how He is using those to-do lists to form and shape us into His image. Life with Jesus is a journey. It’s not just about today. It’s about yesterday, today, and forever. It is the collection of continuous abiding.
The second meaningful reality for me is that this journey is to be one we travel being ever God-conscious. It is amazing how much we see God’s involvement in our affairs when we are conscious of Him. I’ve found I feel most distant from God when I’ve lost my God-consciousness. I see his fingerprints everywhere when I’m God-conscious. Maybe this is what Paul hints at when he mentions having “the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2.16). The Mind of Christ never forgets the big picture. The Mind of Christ never forgets that this whole thing is about God, not us. The Mind of Christ is driven by thoughts of heaven, not thoughts of this world. And the Mind of Christ is others-focused, not self-consumed.
Question of the Day:
Where do I sense God moving in my life today?