I want to walk to God’s heartbeat. Don’t you? Then why do we so often take the easy way out? Our early church fathers, the early missionaries, and even Christ himself purposely chose self-denial. They choose God’s ways and putting others first — even when it made things harder.
But we often fall into the tendency of pleasing ourselves. Or doing just enough to get by.
Statistics sadly state that most Christians spend little or no time in Bible reading and prayer. Yet we live in troubled times. Confusion abounds. And boundaries of truth fade in the distance. And here we are filling our lives with social media, games, entertainment, and shopping.
I fear we start thinking that God’s Word is simply a book of suggestions. We seem to forget that it is life-changing commandments calling us to a higher life.
Yet I really do want a deeper walk with God, and I’m sure you do too.
So how can we learn to walk to God’s heartbeat?
- By not seeking the easiest way, even at great personal cost.
- By living with intentional commitment, choosing what is best and sticking to it.
- By searching for ways to touch those around us — reaching out, encouraging, and helping others.
- By simplifying our lives, homes, and commitments, to concentrate on what we know is truly important.
- By overcoming fear, courageously taking a stand for all that is right.
- And by learning to courageously walk against the current.
But courage like this will not come from time on social media, in front of the TV or computer. Seeking to please ourselves. Or doing just enough to get by.
Such courage is not easy, and only comes by taking time to listen for God’s heartbeat.
Getting alone to a quiet place, and spending time with him in stillness. Learning to hear not only his faintest whisper, but his very heartbeat. Knowing his Word and what is important to him. The Lord promised us trials. And in these perilous times, a prison cell could very well await us.
But with God’s truth to guide us, his Holy Spirit to comfort us, and all the power of heaven at our disposal, we can embrace even this with joy.
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