With the ever increasing demands upon our time, our talents, and our resources, ones commitment to the Lord and His Church, sadly, can wane. We allow such things as family, friends, jobs, activities, possessions to prioritize themselves in our already over-loaded schedule, and before long, we have drifted from the Christ-centered life that the Christian is called to live. How does this happen? Perhaps it happens effortlessly, that is, we stop putting effort into our daily walk with the Master.
Have you ever looked back at how you handled a particular situation in your life, and thought “Wow, I really blew that”, or “Oops, I should have done things differently?” I know I have, and I am guessing the same could be said of you. Satan wants to discourage and dishearten us so that give in, and give up trying. We stop working at our spiritual lives, so that have more time for rest, which we naively believe will bring peace. We replace the best with something less, and then wonder why our desire for God and His church is just not what it used to be.
The Biblical answer is clear, “Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee, because he trusteth in Thee.” There it is, the recipe for peace. It is not busyness. It is not putting something else first. It is not self-centeredness. It is not the multiplication of material possessions. It is a mind that is stayed upon Jehovah. When do that, make Jesus and His will our greatest priority, our Bible reading, our prayer time, our church attendance, our service, will all take care of themselves, and we will begin to see the world, the way He sees it.
A life of Christian mediocrity is not what we have been called to. We have called to deny ourselves, and follow Christ. Then, we may hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” It was the young missionary William Borden who famously said: No Reserves, No Retreats, No Regrets! My friend, Keep On, Keeping On, for HIS glory.