We are all aware of the cliche saying that life is a journey. Except that it actually is; From the time we are born to the moment we take our last breath on earth. Yet, one of the most defining moments in one’s life is when you discover your purpose. This doesn’t happen straightaway and even when you do discover it, daily life still continues. We still have to work and study and do chores and do day to day activities. Therefore, in order to press on in the journey of life we must constantly keep in mind our future goal whilst also enjoying the experience of our current season. All of this should include bringing glory to God by living in complete satisfaction in Him. This means to live your life to the fullest and display the supreme excellence of God in all that you do.
There are times and seasons in life where sometimes one feels inadequate and almost like one isn’t manifesting that God given potential. When I go through these seasons I am reminded of
“ For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”
[In fact, I would recommend reading the whole book of Ecclesiastes it puts this whole life journey in perspective]. But basically, the rest of the chapter goes on to list the different seasons we experience in life. It clearly states that we will experience moments of ups and downs. Now, what do we do in our down moments?
Well, the same bible states that
”God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Romans 8:28 (NLT).
Therefore, what we require is:
- To make sure that we love God with all our mind, heart, soul and strength.
- To make sure we are working according to His purpose for our lives.
Initially, I planned to title this blog post something to do with overcoming fear, but then I realized that after conquering our fears something else must occur for us to move forward in this ‘journey’ of life. A friend posted a link on Facebook which quoted Romans 8:15 “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now, we call him, Abba, Father.” *mic drop*
And the next verse seals the deal by stating;
“For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” Romans 8:16 (NLT).
I read somewhere that fear often masquerades itself as complacency and prevents us from making forward movements. I have also found that this topic of fear is something that a lot of people experience. It seems like it is a distraction that diverts our attention away from the love of Christ. When you feel fear, you don’t have time to be thinking about how deep, how wide and how high the love of God is towards his children (Ephesian 3:18).
Knowledge gives Strength
Therefore, what we require daily is knowledge of Christ and his love for us. In order to do this we MUST spend time in his presence and continually equip ourselves with the necessary tools to run this race excellently and be able to say at the end like Paul said
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race and I have remained faithful.”
2 Timothy 4:7 (NLT).
As much as we get afraid we must also be reminded that we all have to give an account of how we lived our lives here on Earth. Thus, the journey is an individual one, so continue to work hard at your own salvation and remember that we are all at different stages in our lives and going through different seasons. Do not despise your own journey because you are too concerned with what other people have going on. God makes all things beautiful in its own time (Ecclesiastes 3:11), just continue to look at God the author and finisher of our faith and work HARD at your salvation. As I have stated before, complacent and mediocre living is not the way we should live our lives but whenever God convicts us and reminds us about our mission on earth it is up to us to then listen to him and not remain in that state of complacency.
Once again continue to work hard at your own salvation and be on guard at all times. This means dusting yourself off and starting again whenever you need to. It is not easy and it was never going to be easy and it’s not that we have been called to live an unnecessarily difficult life, but Christ came so that we might live life excellently and in abundance. This is why we must continue to fight the good fight.