Many people aim to be successful in life. Everyone wants to reach to the top of the ladder, but not many people do what it takes to get there. Can you imagine a student saying “I’m getting an A this semester”, but they don’t study or show up to class. Or someone saying I’m going to win this football/basketball/volleyball match, but they don’t practice or know any plays? That’s absurd! How can one live a life of mediocrity and expect big results?
I believe this is the same predicament that modern-day Christians are in. Everyone wants to walk on water like Peter, but no one wants to get out of the boat. We want to do miracles like Jesus, but we don’t spend time in prayer like He did. He prayed for hours and did miracles in seconds, we sometimes pray for seconds and expect quick blessings. We ask God “bless me like you did Jabez”, but what have we gone through? Job did not receive double until he went through so much trials and was proven faithful. I’ve heard people pray for a “double anointing” similar to Elisha, but they aren’t faithful to there leaders. We have to come to the realization, that nothing just happens! For every action, there is a reaction. We can only reap what we sow. My pastor said this in church, “The church isn’t a Burger King drive-thru. You can’t just come to get a blessing and leave. It takes time in the presence of God to build a relationship.” God does not bless mess, you have to go through a process for the promise.
When Jesus went up into mountains to pray, he had to climb. There is no elevator into the presence of God! You have to push your way there. Push past the demonic forces coming against you, push past the distractions that you have and press in!
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NIV)
I don’t know if anyone else wants it, but I want to have a real genuine relationship with God. I’m tired of the cycle: Going to church, tweeting about Christ, putting up “deep” posts and pictures. All of that means NOTHING if we aren’t pressing deeper into His presence. I love to text, but I need to study His text (the Bible). We talk the talk, but its time to walk it! Take this Gospel to another level, be bold! People brag about their sins, so why should I be ashamed to brag on my King? If we want to win souls to Christ, we have to stop living like them. As we go deeper in God, our light will shine and bring them towards Him. When Moses came out of the mountain, His face shined because he experienced the true manifestation of the glory of God (Exodus 34:35). Spending quality time in the presence of God changes our very demeanor (Psalms 149:4).
Jesus said we will do greater works than He did (John 14:12), and there will be signs and wonders taking place through us (Mark 16:15-18). If we want to experience this life in Christ, we have to dedicate our lives to prayer. The lukewarm behavior has got to stop. We must be consistent in seeking God’s heart, and not God’s hand. This won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Keep seeking God and let Him guide you. Don’t be distracted by technology or relationships. Keep God first, and press!
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)