August 19, 2018
The Christian journey is a continuing journey. The Bible says that God makes His mercies new every day. We are to be growing spiritually and maturing as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. I hope that all of us at HCC will continue to grow in the Lord as we fulfill our mission of becoming, “Hearts Continually Changing” for the glory of the Lord. How does this process take place?
We cannot become stagnant Christians and be pleasing to the Lord. That is like being a ship stuck in the doldrums which is a place with no wind in the sails and therefore no movement. We have to evaluate where we are in our spiritual journey. Sometimes we become satisfied with our routine. We do the same thing over and over until it becomes boring. It is hard to keep the attention of a person who is bored in life and when you are bored you begin to affect the attitude, the focus, and accomplishments of others. What needs to change in your life to revive the excitement and passion of walking with the Lord?
Is God pleased with your spiritual progress?
What does God want to do to get you out of the doldrums?
Maybe you have outgrown many things in your life. What use to please you now has no effect on your life! You may be struggling in your marriage, with your children, in your job, with relationships, and with your own purpose and self-esteem. They say the hermit crab looks for a shell that fits him and lives there until he outgrows it. At that point he has to scurry along the ocean floor and find a bigger one, a process that repeats itself throughout his entire life. Are you holding on to something that no longer fits you just because it is easier and familiar? The Bible says, “Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.” (Psalm 4:1) Do you need relief from your distress because you are struggling in life?
What no longer fits in your life?
Does God know where you are? Call unto Him!
In order for us to move on we must be willing to embrace change and move on.
You must be willing to move out of your comfort zone and deal with a little distress of change. That’s what makes you grow. Patience and persistence are good qualities to have, but they do not work in situations you have outgrown. Instead of hanging in, hanging on, and trying to make a square peg fit in a round hole, you have to ask yourself, “Is this good for me and my spiritual growth?” If you are not sure, ask God for an understanding heart, wisdom, and discernment to know the difference between right and wrong. That is what Solomon asked for from the Lord in order to govern the people of God. (1 Kings 3:9) When God tells you what to do, do it, even if it doesn’t feel comfortable at the time. When God tells you to move on, let go and let God, because there is another shell in the deep blue sea that is designed to fit you even better. May the Lord help us all to become more and more mature in our understanding of His will and ways!