Another Summer is about gone and another school year has started. The cycle of life seems to trudge endlessly on whether or not we notice. How many times have you stopped to think, “Am I really participating in my life, or am I just along for the ride?” Sometimes it feels like things are so chaotic that I just go from one thing to the next depending on the level of urgency. Can you relate to that? Life seems to overwhelm us at times and we do our best to hold on and just get through. That is not the kind of life or living to which God has graciously called us. In our modern therapeutic world we would say that isn’t “healthy” and that is right. It is not healthy emotionally or physically or spiritually. That kind of life is not God honoring.
One of Satan’s greatest tools for keeping us ineffective is to keep us overwhelmed and distracted. We get busy doing lots of good things, but we miss out on doing the best things. In the parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12), a very successful man is very busy making plans and building barns for his wealth, etc.. None of those things in itself is wrong, but the story ends in tragedy and the man is shown to be a fool because he pursued his own welfare without really considering his own welfare. He laid up treasures for himself, but he didn’t take care of the most important thing. He didn’t seek the Lord. He took care of his physical needs, but he neglected his spiritual needs and when the time came to account (before he was ready) he was lost. Seek the Lord, while He may be found, call on Him while He is near (Isaiah 55:6).
So where are you in life? Are you living your life in submission to the Lord, or are you just along for the ride trying to do your best to hold on? If your answer to that question is anything other than I’m living my life in submission to the Lord, it is time for you to do some serious thinking. All of us, at normal intervals need time to think and reflect. We need to withdraw from life’s chaos and ask ourselves some serious questions. I’m a big fan of doing strategic self-reflection. I’m not a big fan of getting caught up in pointless navel-gazing. God has not called us to spend all our time contemplating ourselves. However, the apostle does tell us in 2 Peter 1:10, “Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.” As Christians it is imperative that we know our lives are hidden in Christ with God. Our lives have been purchased for us with the precious blood of Christ. Living such a life is to lay up treasures in heaven by His grace. That is a life worth living. Do not be like the rich fool pouring out his life for himself only to find that he had thrown it all away. Take time today and get on your knees before the Lord and pray for His hand of mercy and guidance to take hold of your life so that you may know you are His and you are in Christ. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matt. 11:28).”