Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Psalm 46:10 says, "Be still, and know that I am God."
I believe in this text whole heartedly and know there have been times that this was like a warm blanket of grace to me. However, I do not feel this is the end all and be all of an individual's faith journey. I believe in this, as a moment of worship. I see this as a moment that should make you feel alive and loved and safe and cherished and never forsaken.
I think I've seen this used as an excuse to not actively pursue. Not actively serve. Not actively give. Not actively lead. Our faith should be active. There should be a constant longing for your sanctification to be moving more rapidly than it is. And yes, sometimes that means to stop and worship. But sometimes it means to chase harder and more ferocious than ever before. I want to stop being okay with just "being okay". I podcast Matt Chandler (The Village Church in Dallas) every week and I've heard him say many times (and I believe this to be true), "It's okay to not be okay...it's not okay to stay there."
Now, I want to be clear, I think there is a place for both. I think both are even required of us. This is when worship becomes a life style.
I guess I've been praying more about what it is I need to be about. What areas of life do I need to be more actively involving my faith in? Am I leading well, by example, for the sake of the Gospel and to make Christ more famous? I would never want to be known as complacent and uninterested because I "ceased striving" for longer than I should have. I've decided that it's time to cease...ceasing. It's time to be actively involved in the work that Christ is doing all around me and inviting me into.
So, what is it that you feel you're being drawn into? It may be the greatest adventure of your life and you may even be stirred to a greater level of worship than even when you are being still [and knowing that He's God].
Like Peter, being asked by Jesus to push out into deeper waters, I want to be ready for the catch.
Struggling To Be Still,
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