Do you lack focus on your Christian life? Maybe you’ve walked with the Lord for a while now and you’re thinking how to continue amidst the difficulties, heartaches and sorrows that you’ve been encountering. Maybe you’re in a really bad and hopeless place. You wonder if things are ever going to change for the better and if there even is a way out.
Just recently I was told something of my past. I heard a very unpleasant thing of my late mom’s past which still might have an influence on my life personally. I’m not sure if I would have liked or even needed to know what was told to me. I’ve talked through my bad childhood memories with many professionals and I’ve already moved on with my life. But still it hurts when your past comes knocking and you thought that there wasn’t even a door left anymore to those memories.
Another thing that came knocking on my door recently were my chronic mental illnesses. They haven’t been so active knocking on my door these past years but now they obviously wanted to remind me that they are still here. You see, I’ve chronic illnesses that need medical treatment every single day. And I was only 20 years old when I was diagnosed and got my medication for the first time. And now it seems that I need to take yet another detour on this path to finding a job. I think I need to attend this program where they help people with different kind of sicknesses to find a job and offer professional help for them, especially in the area of vocation and working. Even though I’m very grateful that my country offers stuff like this for free and that this really seems like a God’s provision for me it is still hard to realize that you can’t do all things in the same way as other people can. It hurts to have a condition that affects your ability to work.
I don’t know what’s your situation like now. Maybe everything is fine and pleasant or everything seems to be falling apart and you don’t know what to do. Whatever the case, I would like to share something that the Lord put on my heart a while ago. He showed me a wonderful verse in the Book of Acts. The Book of Acts is a book about the first events in the early church and the people who were involved in those events. For example, the apostle Paul is one of the leading characters in the latter parts of the book. However, in Acts chapter 2 we read about how the church is born by the baptizing of the Holy Spirit and how Peter preaches boldly about Jesus and nearly 3 000 people respond and are converted and added to the church: “then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them“(Acts 2:41 NKJV). The very next verse, verse 42 of chapter 2 says this about those who were added:
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
Even though this verse speaks about the response of 3 000 new believers to the preaching of the Gospel I believe that we can still glean insight from it for our topic. We can also continue doing what we know we need to do if we lose focus for our Christian life or are going through hard time in life. We should continue to press on God. We should continue believing that our God is good. We should continue going to church where we can share life’s burdens with our brothers and sisters. We should remember that Christ lives in us and that He’s everything we need. We should continue carrying our burdens to Christ for he cares for us (1 Peter 5:17). Peter further exhorts us:
“be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world” (1 Peter 5:8-9 NKJV).
Paul encourages us also in the book of 2 Corinthians to look further than only this life:
“Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV)
Our God is in control “and we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28 NKJV). Hold unto Him who loves you and keep on going!