Are you being carried or are you running for yourself?
The other day I was sitting in a leadership meeting whilst being told about the vision for the New Year. All of a sudden God started speaking to me, He said “Barney, are you being carried or are you running?” As I went away from that meeting I had to ask the Lord what He meant. As I put time aside, God started to talk and explain what He was saying:
We are part of an amazing Church that is moving forward in the things of God. In the word we are being taught new things each week and in worship we meet and encounter God in new and amazing ways.
In a church like ours it’s easy to sit back and to be carried by the momentum of the leaders and others in the church and let our relationship with God fade out. It’s almost like we can sit back, put our feet up and let others do the hard work and push into God whilst we go along for the ride.
As God started showing me all this, I started to realise that my relationship with God had almost got relaxed, I had put my feet up and I was being “carried”, going along for a ride. I tried to argue my case with God by saying I have time with you in the mornings, I go to church, I serve…and so on.
As I was pleading my case, I realised I haven’t really been putting as much time into my relationship with Him as I used to, my quite times had got shorter. I hadn’t been reading as much of the word (Bible) as much as I used to be reading. I had got lazy with my feet up.
Paul says this in Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” As we ourselves keep our relationship with God hot, we stop being carried by others and we become people that start running and make a way for others to follow us to become runners themselves.
The challenge I have been given and that I want to give to you is… Are you going to sit back and be carried by others and go for a ride in your Christian walk, or are you going do what Paul says “to press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” And become the runner and start pushing into God once again.