“Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.” –1 Samuel 12:24
Staying faithful is an act that takes work each and every day. But in a society that tells us: “Once you lose your happiness, you need to walk away,” faithfulness is a hard concept to grasp.
I grew up in the Christian faith. We went to church every Sunday, prayed before meals and at bedtime, and whenever we faced a trial, we were encouraged to lean on God. But as I grew, it became easier to miss church, leave my Bible on the shelf and reach for a self-help book instead of falling on my knees in prayer. The more I walked away from spiritual disciplines, the more my faith began to falter.
So much comes at us to ruin our spiritual health. We become too busy or choose to spend our time exploring this big world and all it has to offer. Worldly things are tangible. We can see, hear, and touch what our heart desires, while our faith believes in the unseen. There are great parts about exploring the world around us, but it should be done to increase our faith, not diminish it.
“Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world.” –Romans 12:2
To become more like this world is against God's call. We must remember that God has always spoken against what the world says. He speaks on this through Jesus' Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5. When we are told not to do something, Jesus takes it a step further. Here are some examples:
1. “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.”
2. “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
3. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”
4. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
I mean, this is all pretty intense, right? Thank God for grace! We can hardly commit to the little things like making our beds and taking our daily vitamins. How can we possibly live a life of righteousness? Especially one that goes against our broken humanity.
We must stay committed to our faith and continue practicing spiritual disciplines. A mentor once told me that what starts out as a discipline soon becomes a delight. Keep reading the Word. Continue to pray through our struggles, even when it's difficult, and we will soon see our faith transform! And the times when we lack, we must give ourselves grace and try again.
Don't walk away. Happiness feels good, but we aren't promised a lifetime of happiness. We can't leave when things get hard. We must stay committed following God, even in an uncommitted world that pulls us in the other direction as soon as life gets hard or unbearable.
Building our lives upon our faith gives us the firm foundation we need to thrive. So, while the rest of the world is like a leaf flapping around in the wind without any direction or place of belonging, remember to hold tightly to your faith and be committed to doing your best to live a life of righteousness.
Tell us in the comments how YOU stay faithful in an uncommitted world!