I know that there is more after this life, that we have great treasures stored up for us, but I believe that is not our only hope. We are promised in God’s word that we will have abundant life. I believe we are meant to have that life in the here and now. Soon I will be having major surgery. This has me thinking about a few things what is probably the most important would be the activities that make up my daily life. God wants more for his children than to mindlessly go through the motions. As Matthew West has sung, I don’t want to go one more day without His all consuming passion inside of me.
To some degree routine is important, but we can’t trudge through our week waiting for the weekend. In my experience, so much hope et built up for what the weekend will bring, that it is often anticlimactic. The reality can never meet our expectations. We don’t need to wait for the weekend!! Every moment of every day is a gift from our father. Time is an invaluable commodity, once it is gone we can never get it back.
Saint Irenaeus – “The glory of God is a human being fully alive; and to be alive consists in beholding God.”
All of that to say this, draw near to God with all you have. Our great father wants to take us on a great adventure. Now for some, this may indeed mean missions trips into the great unknown, but for most of us it means living out the daily tasks of our lives fully attuned to the Holy Spirit.
A while back I had the opportunity to take dance lessons with an amazing dancer. I had danced in the studio for years growing up, but this idea of having a partner, well that was another thing entirely. At first we, or should I say I, tripped a lot. My focus was too strongly on my own response to the music. It was not until I tuned in to my partner, felt the movement in his hand and waist- small movements to be honest, easily missed, that I began to hear the music through him that I was able to move with him. For me, this was a strong metaphor for our walk with the spirit, my focus must be on him so that I can be aware of His counsel and guidance. I need to see the world and “hear the music” through the Holy Spirit.
This is the adventure! This is where I will be open to opportunities to serve Him in my everyday life. We are called to be the body of Christ, but what is a body disconnected from the head, if not useless? God has called us to so much more than simply existing on this earth and the time to be fully alive is now.
The savior awaits, will you draw near to him and allow him to have this dance?