People Do Not Drift Toward Holiness
"People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated." -D.A. Carson
The people who walk closely with God do not get there by accident. Those who are at peace, those not tossed about by the storms of life, and those who can't help but show God's love did not simply just wash ashore the beaches of grace. As Carson says, it is through grace driven effort.
Let's put it this way: God offers us peace (John 16:33). He says come to Him, and He will give us rest (Matthew 11:28). But He will not force it upon us, because that would not be love. If we want to walk with God and have our lives be flooded with the Truth of His peace, love, comfort, and joy, we have to actually fall into step with Him. We won't arrive there by accident.
We must be proactive with our thoughts, Bible reading, and prayer time. I know that for me, when I am stressed and anxious and feel tossed about by life, I realize that I am not grounded in The Word. By not being proactive, I become reactive to everything around me.
It is not even all the way summer yet, and I have found that through the busy-ness of my summer schedule I have let my time in The Word and in prayer with God slip. Once again, I feel myself being tossed about.
Don't you love a good but? This summer will be different. Every day I am setting my intentions to focus on God first, and give Him my best. I wrote out a 60 day Bible reading plan, and guided journal for myself and want to share it with you.
I'm calling it "60 Days of Light", to remind myself that God's word is a lamp unto my feet and a light upon my path (Psalm 119:105), and that the unfolding of God's word brings light (Psalm 119:130). If you would like to join me, I am challenging myself to do several things every day for 60 days without fail:
1. Read three chapters of the Bible a day (the reading plan has every day laid out: an Old Testament Chapter, a New Testament chapter, and a Psalm or Proverb) and write a short reflection.
2. Kneel and Say The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
3. Write 3 Things I'm grateful for
4. Say 3 positive affirmations founded in The Word
5. Drink water and take my vitamins
I wrote an e-book and did ALL the work for us, so we can simply flip to the right day, see what the Bible reading is, and space to write out reflections, affirmations, and gratitude every day.
The Sixty Days start June 1st (or whenever you want), and I will send out the E-Book on Friday, May 31st for free to all subscribers. To get your copy, all you have to do is subscribe!