The Christian life has become so passive. We go to church each week and passively listen to a message that someone else has prepared. We read the blogs that appear on our newsfeed, hit “like”, and move on.
We view our pastor as our main source of spiritual food, when he is supposed to be a shepherd. The shepherd’s job is to lead the sheep to the good pastures where the sheep eat for themselves. No wonder pastors suffer so much stress!! We expect them to hand-feed us when we should be feeding ourselves!
The problem is that we don’t even realize that we should be doing it any other way!! We think that we are being good Christians by going to church, listening to Christian music, reading Christian blogs, and praying at meals. This is what we have been told. We have accepted other people’s revelation from God with no effort to seek out our own.
Are these things bad? NO!!! They just aren’t enough. We can no longer afford the luxury of being passive. We must actively seek Jesus for ourselves!
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” –Jeremiah 29:13 (ESV)
As mentioned in last Friday’s blog
, our house is being threatened by flood waters that want to shift it from its foundations. This is not the time to be passive. This is the time to actively anchor ourselves to the foundation of Jesus Christ. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you.
Just as a baby doesn’t understand the culinary satisfaction found in a juicy, perfectly grilled steak, passive Christians don’t comprehend the gems of truth found when you dig them out for yourself. We were not meant to be passive Christians. We were meant to be active seekers of Jesus!!!
“Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.” –Matthew 7:7-8 (AMP)
Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking.
So HOW do we do this??
1. Keep asking God to reveal Himself to you. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and protect you from distractions.
2. Keep seeking for truth in the Bible.
“But I already have a daily Bible reading plan,” you might say. So did I. I read through my Bible each year for several years. I just didn’t know how much I was missing until I slowed down and started looking deeper into smaller passages. What I discovered by going slower has been earth shaking!
Jen Hatmaker’s book, A Modern Girl’s Guide to Bible Study
, is a GREAT introduction to active Bible study. It walks you through short daily assignments that actually teach you how to study the Bible for yourself. It doesn’t take a genius IQ or hours of time…it is doable for us average, busy people. By the end of the book, you will be completely able to continue Bible study on your own.
Or maybe God has been whispering questions into your soul. Last year, I heard many references to the “kingdom of God”. What IS the kingdom of God? The question did not go away, so I started digging. While reading the book of Matthew, I underlined each time the word “kingdom” appeared. I wrote down in my notebook what each mention of the word told me about God’s kingdom. Holy shmoley!!! That’s one word study that will rock your world!! (More on that another time.)
Maybe, you have another question that is haunting you. Gather your Bible, a concordance or computer, a notebook, and begin digging! God is just waiting for you to pursue Him.
Still overwhelmed? This website
, recommended by a friend, is a good place to begin. The author, Rachel Wojo, gives pointers on where and how to start. She also has printables and guided studies.
Or try copying verses into a notebook. The action of writing helps you slow down and focus on the words. It forces you to think about what they mean and how they apply to you. The blog, Sweet Blessings, has a verse-writing schedule for January
Bible journaling is another way to slow down and process what you read. As you read, you can stop and embellish a meaningful word, phrase, or verse in the margins. By drawing the words, coloring them, and adding artwork, you are taking time to dig deeper into the verse’s meaning and allowing God to speak to you.
3. Keep knocking on God’s door everyday. Don’t wait for people at church to hunt you down and drag you to the newest Bible study. Don’t wait for Sundays to get your spiritual food. Take ownership of your relationship with Him. Begin feeding yourself.
When your house is slipping from its foundation, passive inaction will not save the day. Only a strong connection with the Rock will save your house. When we connect with Jesus, nourishes our souls, builds His church, and connects us to each other.
Be active. Seek Jesus FIRST!
(Thank you to Crystal, Mary, Ashley, Krista-Marie, Candy, Tonya, and Dee for their help with this article!)