The whole Christian journey can be summoned in one phrase “being Christ like”. It is not enough to say you are a Christian if you fail to conform to the image and character of Jesus Christ. Our world as we know is driven by distractions, when confronted with moments of silence, we prefer taking the next snap or stalking the next person. We merely waste our time in idleness because the idea of being alone completely with your thoughts is in most cases very hard to bear. I’ve realized that the greatest moments I’ve had were spent in silence with no one to commune with or burden my struggles with than God.
Distractions on Distractions
Yet despite this fact I find myself lured into a world of a self-absorption rooted in merely wasting time. I would much rather scroll through my timeline reading the next gossip, the next shade room tea as opposed to spending time with God. I think most times I justify my actions and simply blame our very tech focused world I almost conclude that I’m just a product of a distracted generation. That’ is a lie because we have the power to choose how we spend our time. Once we attribute our lack of will on some external factor we are only confronting the most minimal cause of distractions.
Ephesians 5:15-16 So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time because the times are evil.
The ability to step away from the noise and chaos is so essential to our growth. If we are constantly plugged into environments that aren’t edifying we are walking into a path that will lead to stagnation in our Christian walk.
Growth in Christ
If we are far too distracted to spend time with him we can easily fall into temptation leading to backsliding. We can’t grow if we constantly postpone and disregard the most important relationship in our lives. We can’t grow in truth if we are constantly distracted by worldly pursuits that amount to nothing. The word of God teaches us in
Matthew 6:33-34 “to seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to our lives”
If we deliberately seek his kingdom and above all else learn to love him far greater than anything else he will never forsake us. In times of distractions rooted in anxieties on what will be it is crucial to be reminded that he is God of provision and that he will never leave or forsake us .In his Psalms David boldly declares that ” God is faithful to those who are faithful completely good to those who are perfect” Psalms 18:25.
we can’t be perfect but if on each waking day we are conformed to the image of Jesus Christ by drawing closer and closer to his perfection and forsaking anything that is contrary to his character we can rest assured that he will never forsake us.
1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
Being childish is easy, being selfish is easy and it is a struggle learning how to think of yourself less, how to love more and it is hard. Despite the challenges, God wants us to grow up and let go of childish tendencies and through maturity to embody the character of Jesus Christ in our own lives.
Spiritual growth is often romanticized and reduced into vague notions that resemble little to nothing about the reality of growth. The constant battle between who God wants you to be and who you want to be is in most cases minimized but the struggle is real . Growing up is hard, being more selfless is hard, being more loving is hard each aspect of spiritual growth embodies a character trait that seeks to transform our nature as a result the process will always be hard. We can rest assured in knowing that even in our greatest weakness his strength is made perfect.
1 Peter 5:10 afirms that “the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
He has promised us through his word that he will restore us and make us strong. The journey is long and hard but we don’t have to look at our imperfections, weakness or shortcomings rather to keep our eyes on Jesus Christ. To be consumed by his word which carries eternal promises that we can hold on to even in moments where we’d much rather remain childish and selfish. To be humble enough to fall on our knees and ask him to restore us and make us strong when we act in accordance to our flesh as opposed to the character of Jesus Christ.