There is no such thing! As Paul wrote, “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Philippians 3:12). Knowing Him and growing in faith through revelation of His nature… the Christian life is intentionally active and directed. We keep our “eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
Maintaining focus is a challenge because the daily distractions mount up against us. But try this exercise concerning some of life’s demands:
- The concern and perhaps worry for household and loved ones… Commit each family member to the Father’s love which is perfect and enduring. Pray for the need to surrender to His Lordship. He is God of the angel armies and able to keep them in His perfect will.
- Job/Career- Spend time with the Lord before going to work each day. Seek His heart for your co-workers and clients (if applicable). Shine the light of God in every circumstance. Your work is an avenue for expanding the kingdom of God in the earth. If your expressions about work are negative, ask the Father for a renewed perspective on your job’s purpose, and find new words to define the miraculous possibilities of God through your devotion.
- Friendships- Seek opportunities to grow in Christ together through Bible studies, prayer groups, outreaches, or attending ministry events.
- Entertainment/Social Media- Prayerfully select outlets and time commitments. Ask the Lord to strengthen your resolve to know Him above all others.
- Ministry- We must not substitute our work in the kingdom of God for our devotion to a growing relationship with Jesus. As a teacher, I have to remember that there is a big difference between studying the Word of God for a message and studying the Word to know Him and hear Him speak to my heart concerning the season of life I’m experiencing.
- Unexpected difficulties- Trials in life are to be expected (See John 16:33). We must always stand on the promises of God found in His Word and never doubt that He is good and promotes increase in our lives. A good question when we go through the fire is, “Father, what do you want to teach me about Yourself?”
Surely, we only scratched the surface in relating our call to abide in Christ in the midst of busy lifestyles.
In what ways have you restructured the framework of your life or your perspective on life to better pursue a relationship with Jesus?
How do you foster the taking hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of you?