It is appalling to think how few “Christians” really understand what the Christian life is all about. Having been told that it is all about having your sins forgiven so you can go to Heaven when you die, they pretty much live like the rest of the world on any given day except Sunday. The apostle Paul directly challenges that way of doing life.
Hearing the voice of the Lord is a critical part of living in the Reign of God. To hear His voice, however, means that we have to first inquire of Him. That means seeking to get His mind on whatever we are dealing with. Failing to inquire of the Lord can have devastating consequences. Let’s look at a few examples…
I am honored to have my first guest post written by Anna Foulkrod. I first met Anna during my Daughter’s wedding back in September of 2012. Anna was organizing the Wedding Reception. I could hardly believe she was only 17 at the time. This girl was collected, organized, and in charge. She is arguably one of the most amazing young ladies I have every met.
Anna blogs at As Always, Anna. While not entirely new to the blogosphere, Anna is an up and comer that will have much to share with the world. I hope you will take the time to visit her blog. For now, please read on as Anna shares from her heart what the Kingdom of God means to her.
Recently, my day took an unexpected turn right at the start. I hadn’t connected with the Lord yet, but I figured I could attend to these other matters and connect with Him once I was through. After all, it was just a few quick errands: drop off something here, pick up something there, you know the drill. What’s the big deal, right?
So I did my running around and finally settled back into my office chair a couple of hours later. That’s when the question came.
“Where were you a couple of hours ago?”
The Lord doesn’t ask us questions because He doesn’t know the answer. He asks to see if we will humble ourselves and admit the truth. I knew exactly where I was. I was running around thinking I could handle these few things on my own without any help from Him.
It was then that this statement hit me with resounding clarity.
“The ultimate foolishness in life is thinking we can live for even a moment without the Lord.”
The Master stated that the key to a successful Christian life was daily abiding in Him (John 15:5). And while we may mentally assent to this, we often find ourselves running back to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and deciding for ourselves what is right or wrong, good or bad, what we can or can’t handle, etc. It is that human tendency within us to live independent of God that can only be relegated to death by daily submitting to the King. Brining ourselves under the rule of the King opens the door for the Ultimate Life to be lived in and through ours.
Needless to say, I had some repenting to do. I didn’t only repent for this time. I also repented for all the times I had forged ahead into “whatever” without giving the Lord a second thought. Through it all I was once again brought back to the reality that true life can only be experienced by living in the Reign.