What does it mean to “seek Jesus”?

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In years past, I had a childish faith. Not the trusting, childlike faith that Jesus prescribes for us,[1] but a faith that believed God would rescue me when I needed him and that, otherwise, the relationship was “good.” I thought going to church, reading my Bible and praying met God’s expectations.

I didn’t know that God wants us to seek him as a means not only to salvation but also to grow in relationship with him. Consider the dismal impact on a marriage in which one partner views the other as ancillary. How could I imagine the Lord would accept being related to in this way? Without a doubt, I’m a happy wife when my husband of 25 years continues to pursue me. Our relationship grows deeper as a result of a love that’s held dear. Real effort fuels a good relationship. read more…

What does it mean to trust in Jesus? Part 3 of 3 ~ Embracing Freedom

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Photo of Lora Charles, taken by Joanne Screen.

The last two posts considered hurdles that keep us from trusting Jesus—our desire to be in control and our gravitation toward comfortable untruths. We lose focus on the source of all truth and get carried away by tidal waves of worry and distraction—Satan’s ploys to keep us off track. We don’t embrace the freedom that’s offered in Christ.[1] Sometimes, though, God rescues us from confusion and helps us to choose his way.

A decade after my divorce, God turned my world upside down, giving me another chance to trust him with my life. In my second (much better but still imperfect) marriage and following the birth of our second son, God asked me to put aside my career to be a stay-home mom. While God does not call every mother to give up her job, this is what he wanted me to do. I didn’t know at the time, but he had been working on me for years to bring me into obedience. read more…

What does it mean to trust in Jesus? Part 2 of 3 ~ The Conundrum of Safety

austin-neill-112058God isn’t safe, but he’s good. I love the story in C. S. Lewis’s book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe where Lucy, who has ventured with her siblings into the world of Narnia, asks the Beaver family (who are actual beavers) whether Aslan (the Lion who represents Jesus) is safe. The children are apprehensive about their impending face-to-face with Aslan.  Mr. Beaver replies, “Who said anything about safe? ’Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.”[1]

Our desire for safety sometimes misleads us to choose the known over the unknown, even when we have reason to believe the unknown is best. The taunting “what ifs” propel us into all sorts of excessive expenditures of emotional energy. What if I don’t get married? What if I get cancer? What if…? read more…

What does it mean to trust in Jesus? Part 1 of 3 ~ Removing the Fly from the Ointment

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I’ve wondered why we Christians aren’t better at trusting Jesus. We say that we trust him, but our lives often tell a different story. We like to be in charge. We imagine that we have full knowledge of self and purpose.[1] We set out each day to find satisfaction according to our personal agendas, but self-defeat takes its toll.

My worst blunder occurred in my mid-twenties. I allowed my biological clock, pounding out its rhythm in ever-increasing volumes of fear, to take control of my brain. When a fun and engaging suitor turned my way, I jumped from the kettle of dating disappointments into the frying pan of marital loneliness and despair. read more…

What does it mean to live for Christ? Part 3 of 3 ~ Intentionally Living for God

Florian Blümm@123rf.com(To see Parts 1 and 2 of this 3-part post, please go to What does it mean to live for Christ? Part 1 of 3 ~ Finding the Way and What does it mean to live for Christ? Part 2 of 3 ~ Getting in Sync with God.)

In the first two posts of this series on living for Christ, we talked about finding the way to live for him and his plan for bringing us into unity with him and other believers. Most professing Christians would agree, at least on some level, that God’s way is best and that they want be in sync with him. The extent to which these beliefs steer our lives, though, shows us whether we’re settling for spiritual mediocrity or actually loving God with all of our heart, soul, and mind.[1]  read more…

What does it mean to live for Christ? Part 2 of 3 ~ Getting in Sync with God

jon-flobrant-1362(To see Parts 1 and 3 of this 3-part post, please go to What does it mean to live for Christ? Part 1 of 3 ~ Finding the Way and What does it mean to live for Christ? Part 3 of 3 ~ Intentionally Living for God.)

Is it possible to get in sync with the God of the universe? Is he accessible? Is he interested in the details of our lives? Yes, yes and yes! Scripture tells us that he is not far,[1] that he is found by all who seek him,[2] and that he wants us to walk through this life in accordance with him,[3] even keeping in step with him.[4]

As I struggled to write this post succinctly, God reminded me of the old hymn, “Trust and Obey.”[5] The chorus says that “there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey.”[6] I have to admit that trusting and obeying are not easy. We live in a cynical and defiant age, and I have been guilty of joining in. read more…

What does it mean to live for Christ? Part 1 of 3 ~ Finding the Way

mike-petrucci-25087If the idea of living for Christ causes you to wrinkle your forehead, I can relate. My personal journey into understanding what it means began at my grandmother’s funeral. Though I saw her reading her Bible daily, we didn’t talk about it much. When I learned during her eulogy that one of her favorite Bible verses was “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain,”[1] I had two reactions. First, I was impressed. Next, I realized that I didn’t know what it meant.

I was deeply saddened to learn that I didn’t understand something so precious to her. Nevertheless, years passed before I became willing to deal with the things that were blinding me. They were buried deep in my own heart. read more…

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