But you persevere knowing it will get easier.
Reference: “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,” Philippians 3:13 NIV
Explore: I have just started jogging again. I have never been built for sprinting but, once I raise my fitness, I quite enjoy going for a jog.
To begin with the going is tough. Building up your lung capacity and the leg muscles needed for jogging can take quite a few excruciating kilometres. But you persevere knowing it will get easier.
Once it gets easier, there are many more enjoyable moments. But that doesn’t mean it’s always fun!
There are the hills that take the breath from you. And then there are those days when you just can’t get into a good rhythm and you have to will yourself forward every step of the way.
And then there are those days when you feel so lazy you can’t even get into your workout gear let alone start pounding the pavement.
Application: Our commitment to following Christ can sometimes follow the same path as learning to jog. You start out all enthusiastic, but it takes time and discipline to get God into your everyday life.
Then, once you hit a healthy routine it can get a little easier… Until an old temptation crosses your path. Then everything takes effort again.
The thing we need to watch for most is becoming so overwhelmed or struggling so much we just decide to quit altogether.
Faith makes our life so much better, but it takes a great deal of commitment and discipline. We continue on knowing we will be the ones who reap the benefit, but it still takes much determination.
The Apostle Paul never got to the point of putting himself in cruise control. Every day he strained toward what was good and right.
May we have the faith to do the same.
Prayer: Lord, when we follow You we gain all the benefit. May we not become lazy or complacent, but commit anew today to follow You wholeheartedly. Amen.
How hard are you having to work at your faith at the moment?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.