Friday, January 3, 2014

Be persistent as...

As I sit here this morning watching Dru play a video game on the Wii I notice something.  As with any video game, Dru finds himself coming to places in the game that he can't figure out how to complete the task.  He tries and tries to complete the task to no avail.  He tries the same thing over and over with no success.  He asks dad for help because he assumes dad knows how to complete the task.  Only through being persistent and trying different ways does he finally complete the level he's trying to finish.  As I watch this young man play I can't help but think about how much of our spiritual life is reflected in his actions.

I think its fair to say we all struggle with trying to figure out how to live out this thing called spirituality, or more specifically the Christian walk.  We have a road map, the Bible, that at times can be as clear as day and at other times it seems to be as clear as mud.  We see the godly examples of those around us that and try to learn from their example.  We sit under teaching we know to be sound and doctrinal.  Yet we still find ourselves questioning whether we've figured anything out or are making progress or losing ground.  That's when we need to remember to be as persistent as a kid playing video games.

If we want to grow in our faith, as every follower of Christ should, we have to learn what it means to be persistent.  Persistence means we don't give up when we find things to be difficult.  It means when things are tough we don't stop doing what we know to be right.  If we find ourselves trying over and over to do the same thing with no success (which I believe is the definition of insanity) then we need to change our methods and our approach.  During our persistence we need to be sure to ask our Dad who does know the way for us to go.  We are commanded in Scripture to persistently seek Him in prayer (Luke 11:5-9).  For us to be successful in this experience called the Christian life we must be persistent.  Persistent when we find things difficult.  Persistent when we seek His direction.  Persistent as a kid playing a video game.

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