This weekend, my husband and I, together with our two children, went to a Christian conference for a refreshing, edifying moment with the Lord. Living and working in the world can often start to consume us to the point that we forget to live the life to which God has called us. God calls us into the world, but we are not to be conformed to the patterns of this world. The only way for us not to be conformed to this world is by actively pursuing the Kingdom of God. On one hand, we are to rest in Christ and on the other hand, we are to pursue Christ passionately. The word of God is never meant to make us passive, but it encourages us to take action. Take for instance this scripture:
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
The word resist is an active verb. We can’t fight the devil by staying under our bedcovers. Again, we can’t just live in the world without actively pursuing Christ and His Kingdom thinking that we won’t be conformed to this world. Our nature is created in such a way that if we don’t seek the things above, consciously or unconsciously, we will become conformed to this world; and our salt will lose its flavor. We are to be salt and light and if we are not making a difference in this world and standing out among our non-Christian friends, then we are not walking in the Truth. Truth breeds godliness. So if we have fallen short of God’s standards, we have to come back to a complete surrender to Christ whom we profess as our Lord.
This weekend, I realized that it is so wonderful to set a time apart with your family to actively pursue Christ in your daily lives; and sometimes for an extended period of time, we may need to take rest in a serene place of solitude, just to reenergize our whole being spiritually and physically. I came to realize that as a mom, I have to deliberately make the decision to pursue Christ, with my family involved, and teach my children from the word of God and pray with them. If we don’t purposely do this, being the parents of young ones, we should beware that other things will take the forefront in our children’s lives—and ours, too. There is something special about how “daily” the human race is programmed—we live life on a daily basis. Well, sometimes, the daily life of giving our time to our nuclear family may sound boring to us; we rather look at the big pictures as the milestones. Yes, there is still something special to living in those seemingly daily mundane activities. Our now moments may not seem significant, but over time, you would realize that the insignificant has become significant. In retrospection, you could conclude that all those moments spent with your loved ones and Christ Himself, over the years, have brought you to the relationship you contain today.
We get to know our children in those seemingly sometimes boring moments, and we grasp a glimpse of a part of their character that is yet unknown to us—memories being created out of nothing. One moment, your child is crawling and the next, he is walking. It is not as much the moment, but rather the journey that binds you together. You celebrate the milestones because you were connected during the journey.
Similarly, as to our relationship with Christ, sometimes our Quiet Times may seem boring, but it is in those moments that our relationship is built, and we grow in our understanding of Christ and His nature. Some days, we might have big revelations about God’s character through our meditation on the Scriptures and other days, we are just spending time in His presence in the quietness of mind and stillness of body, waiting upon Him. In all this, we are slowly growing in the knowledge of Christ. One more thing to remember about such moments is that we don’t need to feel like it before we seek to spend time with God. Be intentional—no emotional stuff is needed in your spiritual connection with the Divine. Sure, this weekend has not gone in vain in my Christian experience, as I’ve been challenged to make Christ the forefront of my mind and my family’s life and to actively pursue His Kingdom by his grace.