I know that for me, it’s so easy to lose motivation to do things that I want to accomplish. I don’t lose motivation if I’m setting out to accomplish something for someone else, but for myself I often do. For example, if I have every intention on going to the gym in the morning or going for a run around the neighborhood, I’m all for it until I go downstairs and there’s a bowl of strawberries and some sort of chocolate delicacy on the counter. Then I eat the chocolate (because that’s more important anyway), have a great night’s sleep, and wake up half an hour past when I had planned to go workout.
I know that I’m certainly not alone in the world with this. There are plenty of people out there who would so much rather fall for chocolate and strawberries before running. There are also plenty of people out there, along with myself occasionally, who would choose a workout over an intimate time of just themselves and Jesus. I don’t understand why that seems like a better option, but I catch myself with motivation to workout before I have motivation to hang with Jesus more frequently than I’d like to admit to.
The obvious problem with that is that we’re idolizing our hot bods before we surrender ourselves to Jesus. We’re unintentionally putting ourselves above Him. We turn all of our focus to a goal that we’ve set, then expect results. But, after some time, we begin to feel the gap between ourselves and Jesus. We feel empty and insecure and we don’t know what happened. We ask God where He’s been and blame our emptiness on his lack to show up. What we often forget to understand is that God never leaves us. The distance we feel between ourselves and God is attributed to our own lack of showing up.
So, what’s the simple solution? SHOW UP. You can’t play a football game with 2 players from each team on the field. You can’t play a game of ultimate frisbee if you don’t have a frisbee. You can’t make a batch of sugar cookies if you don’t have any sugar. Similarly, you can’t expect a solid relationship with Christ if you put one foot in and one foot out. Either He’s your first priority, or He’s an afterthought. You should know that you’re not his afterthought, you’re his priority.
Think about what you idolize. Think about how much time you spend doing each obligation of the day. What are your priorities and what are your afterthoughts? If you’re craving a solid relationship with Christ or you feel empty due to an insufficiency in your communication with Him, choose Him. Make a checklist if that helps you! Do a devotional that challenges you, have someone that keeps you accountable, and find something that motivates you to put Jesus first. Jump in with two feet and be expectant of a beautiful change in your life. Run to Jesus before you go run at the gym. Running with Jesus will actually take you places.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops.” – Proverbs 3:9 NIV
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
“Do not make any idols.” – Deuteronomy 34:17 NIV
“Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lordyour God.” – Leviticus 26:1 NIV
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