This will not be long today. I only have my phone available to me at the moment so that is what I am using for this (gotta love today’s technology filled world).
I have been doing some reflecting over this last year, as my wife and I talk about our goals for 2018. It caused me to reflect back even further in my past. It has been a wild ride. One thing stood out to me about my past.
If you played sports at all growing up then you have probably heard the saying, “Act like you have been there before.” It was a way of telling someone to show some class and character when they scored or were victorious. In my early adult years I got really good at patting myself on the back when I did something right or when I performed a good deed. I can’t help but think what did that say about me at the time. In particular, I would do it with my spiritual life.
Most of us would think that this is about having some humility. It is not. See, I used to tell people things like, “I went to church today”, “I helped an old lady cross the street”, or “I read my Bible today.” The reason was because it wasn’t the norm for me. I wanted to appear to be doing the right thing. I wanted someone to give me justification because I didn’t actually have that laser focus on Christ like I should have.
I came to that conclusion because over the last couple of years God has been working hard on me. In doing so, HE has transformed me in to a laser focused, fired up, Spirit filled son. The norm is now the right thing. I don’t need to celebrate my “good deeds” anymore because they are not a rare occurrence. It is just the norm.
I know people who are in a place where I used to be. You may as well. Remember that those people are probably still searching for that burning desire for Christ like I was. They may very well be believers like I was, yet they still feel inadequate. So lift them up and give them guidance. Let them know that Jesus made them adequate and they don’t need to do a touchdown dance for people to notice their growth and their heart. They just need to let the Spirit take control and guide them. By the Spirit, through faith, is where the fruits will show.
As you go in to 2018 remember to “Act like you’ve been there before.” Let the Spirit take control so that 2018 will be a year like no other. A year of total freedom and constant joy! God bless each and every one of you who read and contribute to Barnabas Man! See you next year!!