Fresh Hope – 12th July 2018

Life gets busy. Between managing a job, a family, a home, a social life, and all the other add-ons of life, it is easy to feel guilty for not doing what we know we should. Things like exercise, that overdue catch up, unrushed time with the kids, and “quiet time” with God are often the last things to get ticked off that never-ending to-do list – if at all. For many, life has become about merely surviving the day, one minute at a time. We can feel inadequate as we chase our tail day after day and then remember, ‘Oh, I haven’t opened my Bible today, this week, this month!’

Before you start feeling like a less than Christian, let’s see what connection with God in our lives can and should look like…

Whilst time set-aside for the study of scripture, meditation, and prayer is amazing, for many it can be a luxury. When I speak to my friends with young kids, quiet moments in the day are virtually impossible sometimes. If you fall into this category, it doesn’t mean that you are on the shelf until you can find free time.

Scripture talks about our union with Christ. We are ONE with Christ. Christ is IN us (John 14:20, Romans 8:10, Galatians 2:1), and we are IN HIM (2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:3, Ephesians 2:10).

This is why Paul said, ‘There is no NO condemnation for those IN CHRIST (Romans 8:1).

Connecting with God and meeting with God is not an event reserved for a certain day of the week or time of the day. We live in perfect union with Christ, which means that we live with Him – constantly. We can always connect with Him throughout the day, in any moment.

When you are changing a nappy, you can be connecting with God, when you are washing the dishes you can hear God speak. Be free from the pressure to have your relationship with God look like something you think it should look like, and just be you, living your life, knowing you are in God and He is in you. Enjoy constant communion with Him.

If you struggle to find time to read scripture, let me encourage you that some of my post powerful, life-changing revelations of scripture have come from taking one simple line in the Bible and just thinking about (meditating on) one word in that verse for a week! If you have one spare minute in the day, read what you can and then meditate on that until it solidifies in your heart.

As for worship, you may not have the time to lay on your bedroom floor basking in the glory of the latest Hillsong album. But know that worship is not just a moment on a Sunday morning, or 30 minutes on your bedroom floor. Worship is a lifestyle. It is a position of the heart. It is every moment, of every day – working as if you are doing your work for God Himself (Colossians 3:23). Do the gardening as if you are doing it for God Himself, run your business like you are doing it for God, teach your students like you are doing it for God, do your admin like you are doing it for God, raise your children like you are doing it for God.

This is why in Romans 12:1 we read, ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship’.  Because of the mercy of God, we LIVE (meaning the mundane of every day) in a position of worship – this is the truest and most proper form of worship.

Don’t disqualify yourself from being able to hear from God because of the season you’re in, or the demands on your life. Tune in at this very moment, as you are!

Emma Burchell

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