Along with the promise of eternal paradise after we die, Christians enjoy rich blessings in this life.
As is so often the case, there is a catch; these blessings come with responsibilities. God’s people are expected to make a difference while on this earth. In order to do that, we must be aware of what is going on around us.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.Matthew 5:13 (NIV)
This awareness comes with a price, however. It is all too easy to be pulled so deeply into the cares of our world that we grow distant from God. We can lose touch with His spiritual perspective. Anxiety and fear are sure warning signs that we are moving in that direction.
When this happens, we need to call a time out.
It isn’t enough to simply tune out the news and social media, or drop out of our worldly activities and retreat to the wilderness. We must use our Time Out to renew and restore our focus on God.
We must make a purposeful plan of action and replace the time we’ve been spending in keeping up with the latest cultural events with time spent in God’s Word. The Bible has many examples of God’s people withdrawing in order to prepare to be used of God.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.Romans 12:2 (NIV)
You can use the Internet to find one of the many excellent Bible study guides available. Some are completely free. Or open that Study Bible collecting dust on your bookshelf. Sound Christian resources abound for little or no cost. You might ask your pastor to suggest one.
I recommend spending 30 minutes a day in the Book of Romans.
Whatever you choose, set aside a definite time each day, begin by praying for the Lord to open your mind and heart, then read the passage, pray for understanding, read it again, and then consider how it applies to your life.
After a few days, weeks, or even months, you will be refreshed, recharged, and ready to let your life shine.
You are the light of the world.Matthew 5:14 (NIV)