Glad to launch our New Year in Christ. We are excited for bigger and greater this year. Bigger and Greater is something that many people look forward to in a new year. For many new year’s is a reset from the prior year. As much as I like to agree with the reset of the year, it is evident that the energy for change tends to burn itself out within weeks. One of the prime examples of this, are the local gyms. At the beginning of the year many will join gyms and begin to eat healthy. The hope is that this will be the year there is a change only to end in a rut two or three weeks after, quitting and eating a cheeseburger (personal experience).
Recently in my ministry something that I have frequently encountered is the heart that is stuck spiritually. I like to call this a spiritual rut. An area where the Christian operates on cruise control with the weekly habits work, family, and church. This becomes like a song on repeat. Ruts cause a person to continue faithfully, but it also causes believers to operate on the do’s and don’ts. Furthermore causing spiritual fatigue. I am not saying standards and God’s commands aren’t important. What I am saying it is easy to begin to live a life of laws and regulations.
The word of God teaches us how both the laws of God and the Grace work together. In Romans 5 into 6 Paul is speaking of the Grace and Mercy that is forgiveness of sins through Christ. However, Paul attacks the question in chapter “6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”.
Paul tackles the issue that we don’t sin because sin should be dead in our life, and therefore any law-abiding acts should be out of the love and gratitude towards Christ. All of this points to one thing, the spirit of God does the transformation, not our do's and don'ts.
Man cannot get himself, or herself out of a rut. It is often said in this world “try harder”. In kingdom of God that does not work. If it were so, the crucifixion is pointless. Now we do want to place ourselves in a position for revival. How do I place myself for revival in my life? It would be insane to think that just keeping everything the same will make a change. That is the definition for insanity.
Rather something must break and be new. In the bible there are two men who have similarities but have two different outcomes, Zacchaeus and the rich young ruler. The bible tells us both are encountered with the decision to make a change in their life. Both men are challenged to do something out of their scope, give money away (ouch). Zacchaeus changes his routine of hoarding money and gives away money, then Jesus goes and dines with him. The rich young ruler does the opposite, the bible tells us he doesn’t change anything in his life and remains a religious dead man whom Jesus loved, but would not spend too much time with.
Changing routine will be something that will kick start a revival in Christ. My prayer and encouragement are that we do not allow ruts to dominate our life. God bless you until next time. Here are some tools to break ruts:
Repent of any anger or resentment towards someone
Prayer begin to get loud and vocal with God daily
Serve, start a new ministry, make yourself available
Read, drop the smart phone (not making us any smarter)Evangelize go on a missionary trip or outreach
Change your routine
Get involved in your local Church