Posted on February 26th, 2014 by Bob Bock
With the countless distractions that surround us today, it’s easy to take our eyes off of Christ, and focus more on the weights and hindrances that slow us down in our walk with the Lord. We so easily forget a simple, but faith altering rule found in Colossians 3:2. ”Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
Our Worship Arts Director, JC Mason, shared her heart on this issue this morning. Take a look at what she had to say:
It’s a blessing to get up early every morning and sit next to my fireplace to pray and seek the Lord. I watch the sky slowly light up as I write in my journal and sip my homemade almond milk latte. I am warm and content with no disruptions since the rest of the house is still sleeping. I look forward to my mornings with the Lord. I sometimes question how would my meeting with the Lord change if one of my comforts was taken away. What if I was cold, or thirsty, would my mind be on my physical need over my need to seek Christ? Then I think of Paul who was imprisoned and chained yet penned 4 books of the Bible (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon) encouraging the readers and advancing the gospel of Christ. Being chained didn’t keep him from lifting up praises in worship to God , he was focused on the mission at hand trusting in God’s promises.
I believe we (myself included) can look at our circumstances and when they are not ideal we make excuses for why we can’t continue on the path. We start to look at what’s lacking and not at the God who spoke this world into reality. I lift up prayers and praises to a God who put his spirit in me, a sinner, forgiven by the blood of Christ …the only thing I can lack is the faith of what has already been done through Him. But I make that choice. We are free, unchained and overflowing with the spirit of our Heavenly Father. We have a risen Lord who conquered death and now pleads on our behalf, and He is coming again! No matter what we face, no matter how our circumstances change, Christ remains constant and we need to walk steadfast in that truth.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.