Bunches of thoughts are swirling through my head as I write this. Sometimes I'm able to filter out all other thoughts and ideas and hone in on one particular topic that can be unpacked, filtered through the truth of Scripture and distilled into an applicable action for my life and hopefully yours as well.
Today is not one of those days. Over the last few days God has been speaking to me about a few areas that I have not yet fully processed or by any means completely wrapped my mind around. Therein lies one of my favorite aspects of following God, He hands out pieces to the puzzle as He sees fit. As frustrating as that can be and as much patience as it requires I love the journey that God has me taking. With that said, these are not complete thoughts. These are bits and pieces of truth that I believe God is speaking to me. How they connect, if they even connect at all, what I'm supposed to do with them or if they're even valuable to anyone besides me is yet to be determined. I'm going to throw them out there, let them simmer for a bit and see where God moves. Here goes.
Community. Christian community is vital for our development as believers. We require others for a successful journey. Our walk with Jesus is personal but it should not be private. We often have reason for our lack of Christian community but let's be honest, most if not all of those reasons are just excuses. Scripture is clear in Hebrews 10:24-25, "and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near." Too often we couch involvement in a small group in the context of what it does for us. While this is true, involvement in a group has as much to do with what it does for others as it does for you. You have a responsibility to encourage others, spur others on and to stimulate others. Am I doing my job? Are you doing your job?
Desert Experiences. I have been doing some reading on the this topic and was reminded of both the experiences of Jesus and John as they spent time in the desert. I wrote about this more extensively in a week long devotional entitled, "The Temptations of Jesus" but I've recently been challenged to create more desert experiences in my own life. Often when we think of desert experiences, we assume those are involuntarily thrust upon us. What if instead we chose to create those experiences for ourselves in an effort to draw closer to God? Im unsure exactly what that looks like in my life but that's where God is currently working on me.
These are my incomplete thoughts. These are the real time areas where God is speaking to me. Perhaps you resonate with some of these as well. My prayer is that you are encouraged and will keep moving forward.