Getting out of bed. Don’t want to. In fact, there is not an atom in body or mind that wants to leave this first-world, privileged padding we call a mattress. Then the thoughts flood:
–this person to text
–that errand to run
–this paperwork to fill out
–that commitment to uphold
–this thing to study
–that task to complete
If we’re being honest with ourselves, it’s incredibly difficult to fulfill Paul’s commandment to “set our mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2). It’s not natural to think through the perspective that we don’t belong here, when all our senses are attached to our experience of a physical world that we see, hear, taste, touch, and feel.
But at the same time we’re so confused, so exhausted, and so helpless to know which way is up. Politics and political debates seem to be creating an overwhelming sense of disappointment in what it means to be a citizen of the United States of America. And many of you reading this aren’t even old enough to vote, yet it still affects you and your stress levels!
“Busy” can = “distracted” or “running”
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors [or toils]
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. Psalm 127:2
It might do your soul good to look up the definition of vain. We won’t spoil it completely, but the gist of its primary definitions can be summarized with a synonym: worthless.
It is worthless for us to run run run through our day, doing hard things, thinking that we’re accomplishing something by distracting ourselves from our own anxious thoughts and worries. That’s not actually obeying Christ’s command to not worry (Matthew 6:34).
Unfortunately, that kind of behavior can indicate that we’re merely seeking control like a Pharisee trying to do something to gain the favor of themselves, others, and God.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Oh friends, this is the good part! This is the hope! We’re not here to beat you down and say that “you’re doing this Christianity thing wrong” – in fact, we’re reveling in the goodness of God to provide a better way! We can be transformed. We can know and even prove the will of God in a world that doesn’t even know who to vote for in 6 weeks.
The latest Transform Discipleship Resource is a short, free study on being “Citizens of Heaven.” We wrote it because we need it. Because we see others needing it, both Christian brothers and sisters in our world, and complete strangers. But most importantly, we wrote it because it is true and it is applicable right now.
So carve out a few minutes to download and work through “Citizens of Heaven,” and consider with us what it means to be alive to God in this crazy, human world.
The Transform Team