By McKrae Game
I used to deeply envy muscular men to the point of worship. I still envy them, but I control this now through action and interaction. I used to envy men of God who had an incredible grasp of God’s word, that could draw on God’s Word as they needed and with it came great wisdom and charisma. I still envy these men, but today I do something about it having a daily time with The Lord and His Word.
A few years ago I was going to the beach, again, praying to The Lord that I not struggle as I always did with looking at buff men on the beach. This year it would be different than the years in the past. I was on the beach and I saw two young buff guys walking my way. Instead of struggling, all of a sudden I got angry. I got angry at myself. Not for struggling, because I wasn’t. I was mad because I realized at that moment that they had earned those muscles. I said in my mind, “What’s wrong with me? They earned their muscles and I could have worked out and looked like them!” The trouble was that I was and had always been lazy and cowardice to the core. I would start and stop and was never consistent with anything. I decided right then that I was tired of looking at guys and not doing anything about it myself. When I got back, I sought out a gym, told the owner of the gym what I just told you and he said, “we can do something about that.” Muscles take a long time and consistency like crazy. Its a lifestyle.
Just like working out to gain a muscular physique, so is gaining godliness and wisdom through a consistent daily routine with God and God’s Word. How can we expect to become godly and wise in knowing God’s Word if we aren’t reading, contemplating, and studying God’s Word? Its a daily routine, just like a workout routine. We can’t expect to just do it occasionally and gain the spiritual muscles that we see in others that we admire. It takes a total lifestyle commitment, just like the buff dudes in the gym commit themselves to 1-2 hours every single day in the gym, we must dedicate the time to God and His Word.
If you’re going to be successful at anything, you must commit yourself to it completely. It must be almost an obsession, a routine that you will not forgo. We cannot be like everyone else and have results of a rare few. If we want amazing results, then we must dedicate ourselves with an equal portion. If we do, then we will get the results that we long for. Do it, regardless of your emotions, and allow your emotions to catch up. Ask The Lord to change your heart, while doing it anyway. And sooner or later, it will be a part of your daily routine that you cannot do without.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13, 14 NIV)
Source: Interim DirectorBlog