3 Life Changing Actions for Every Christian

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Psalm 24:1-6]

As I read these verses, I reflect on what they say to me, how they influence my walk and my relationship with God. 3 simple but life-changing thoughts come to mind…

To recognise God as the Creator and Founder of ALL things. Are we not guilty on occasion of thinking we are the creator and founder of all things? Don’t we often prescribe to God solutions to the problems? Maybe we question His methods? Instead, we should acknowledge His greatness. To declare with confidence that the earth is the Lord’s, not ours, that He has founded and established its order, not us. We are not God, He is. Isn’t that one of those key life questions everyone has to answer? Do I believe in God or not? Is He the one true God or not? Will I surrender every part of my life to Him?

To keep myself in right relationship with God. I’m glad for the grace of God that made a way for us to enter into relationship with God, through the work of Jesus on the cross. I’ve accepted my need for the forgiveness that comes through receiving Jesus as my Saviour and can now enter into His presence 24/7 but I am mindful that it’s not a licence to live however I like. Why would I want to disrespect all that Jesus has done? Why would I not want to keep my life right with God, according to His word? Clean hands and pure hearts is what the Psalmist wrote, which for me is about doing my best to not allow ‘stuff’ to lead, influence, or have first place in my life, causing me to drift from God.

To be continually seeking God. Let’s be that kind of generation. Why? It says we are blessed and who doesn’t want to be blessed, especially blessing that comes from God. Our pace of life is not always conducive for spending time with God, yet in surveys amongst Christians it’s often the number one thing we want more of. Seeking is a deliberate action. We have to decide to make time, create space, or place it is a non-negotiable in our lives. It’s not as difficult as we think. Why not decide to be in Church every Sunday? Why not set the alarm 10 minutes earlier and start a Bible reading plan? Why not take time on an evening to journal your prayers and get a few moments with God?

Pastor Bill Hybels calls it ‘chair time’. Just 15 minutes or so of deliberately sitting alone with God. No distractions. Reading the Word. Praying. Listening to what God is saying. Let me encourage you….it is possible. This is not about religion but about developing a relationship. The hardest part is deciding that you will do this but it might just change your life forever. What have you got to lose?

Q: As a Christian, how do you do at this? What do you do to keep your walk with God strong and healthy?

Lift Up Your Head

Life can very easily get us down.

Things can quickly take a turn. Not necessarily for the worse, just a turn. Seemingly innocuous but nonetheless it causes us to feel unbalanced, a little out of sorts.

‘It’s normal.’ That’s what people will tell you. ‘We all have down days’.

Maybe that is true. Maybe it’s not.

One thing I do know from my own life and my own walk is that when life gets at you, it’s easier to look down than it is to look up. However, I want to encourage you to look up. Don’t give your attention to where you are walking, with the sole purpose of preventing yourself from falling, instead look up to the one you believe in, for when we do that, He does what He does best and will keep you from falling.

Is it really that simple? Possibly.

I can over complicate my life, I can rush around trying to figure things out, I can put myself in a fluster, I can tire myself out. I can think I know best. I can think I don’t know anything. It all leads me on the downward path.

Well-meaning people can be sympathetic, encourage me that it’s normal to doubt or remind me that it’s just a season and it will pass.

Yet, the Word of God encourages me to look up.

Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up…that the King of glory may come in….The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up… [Psalm 24:7-10 Abridged]

Don’t look to circumstances, to people, to thinking, to the past or even the future. Instead… Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith’. [Hebrews 12:2]

I know it’s not easy. It’s almost counter-intuitive but my prayer is that if you believe that Jesus is your Saviour you will allow Him to be just that and for the Holy Spirit to lead you through the ‘fog’ into the clearness ahead.