Faith fuels faith, in good times the faithful thank God for their blessings, in hard times the faithful lean on God to pull them through. The faithful learn that they are never truly in control, that it is God who sets the stars in the sky, and puts them in motion, and it is God who sees my days unfold and knows where I am going.
The Faithful know that we are small and helpless without God; we know that it is through His glory, through the blessings poured out by Jesus Christ, it is the Holy Spirit in us; that makes us what we are. We don’t earn the blessings, we can’t. We can’t prepare for the journey, because we can’t know where we are going, but we move forward in faith. We gain nothing without the loving grace of God.
The purpose of our life is to humbly seek Christ in all we do. People spend so much time trying to follow rules or looking for signs that they miss the signs while breaking the rules. Instead of looking for signs, look for Christ, instead of following a bunch of rules, just follow the one command: love one another. If we love one another, the rest of the rules will fall into place.
I have been spending a lot of time working on meditation, learning to turn off my mind and just be silent and still with the Spirit, it is an amazing and difficult journey, but one I am joyfully undertaking. I want to grow spiritually, I want to experience all that God wants me to experience, so I endeavor each day to connect with the Spirit who is in me, and to remember that Christ is in me and I am in Christ.
Matthew 24:42 reminds us to be aware in the moment. “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
The Kingdom of Heaven is more precious than anything else we can acquire in this life, once found we can only fully enter if we let go of those “things” that hold us here, and instead devote and invest ourselves in our relationship with God. (Matthew 13:44-46) The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
When we try to hold on to the things of this world, we sacrifice the things that really matter, the eternal gifts of God. This world, this life is fleeting, but if we spend all of our time dwelling on/in the past or fretting/dreaming about the future, then we never truly live in the present. When we cling to things that don’t matter, we lose sight of the things that do. (Matthew 16:24-26) Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
So, what have I been doing lately? Trying to work on being in the moment with the Spirit, and now I think I am ready to start writing more about the things that occur to me through the process, as this practice is opening scripture up to me in new ways. In faith, I will continue forward, believing that this is the path that the Lord has set my feet on. Blessings to all –