There is no question that we struggle to connect with God.
In a recent survey conducted among my email subscribers, 80.4% of people indicated that intimacy with God was their number one desire. However, 51% of those same responders claimed to have stagnant faith.
I read through the load of responses and my heart broke.
The truth is simple: We have a deep desire to know God, but no motivation to seek after Him.
We remain stuck in our faith – our feet sinking ever more fully into the quicksand of apathy.
“I feel like I give so much of myself to the other areas of my life that I have nothing left to give to God.”
“No matter what I try, I just cannot get myself to focus during Bible Study.”
“I think God is far away from me, and I don’t know how to bridge the gap.”
“I’m eager to understand the gospel, but for some reason I never open my Bible.”
My friends, we have got to WAKE UP. There is an abundance of joy, blessing, and nourishment on the other side of seeking God.
There are excuses and life is busy and understanding Scripture can be hard. I know what it feels like to have no context or comprehension of what I’ve just read – it’s not a fun feeling. Marriage is time-consuming and Facebook is easier and the house needs to be cleaned.
Those things – they are all true.
But if you’re not seeking after God & growing in relationship with Him, not one iota of it matters.
Life is busy, yes. But no possession or title from this life is going with you to heaven.
Understanding Scripture is difficult, sure. However, there are tools and teachers waiting to encourage you.
Marriage is time-consuming. I get it. But your marriage is a picture of the gospel. If you’re not filled with the gospel, what is your marriage telling the world?
I could keep going, but I’ll stop. I think you get the point.
The root of all things is God, which means having a thriving, deep relationship with Him matters immensely.
If 80% of us are craving intimacy with God, then it’s time to get real with our desire.
To stop making excuses, pick up the Bible, and pray with boldness.
How do we do it? How do we give up making excuses and overcome stagnant faith?
We understand that we will not do it perfectly, but we commit to trying anyway.
Easy enough, right? Just kidding.
There is no perfect Bible Study routine. No prayer will ever be perfect. Journaling may be forgotten. Your routine will be interrupted by any number of life’s disruptions.
In fact, just go ahead and plan on skipping a few days every now and then. Plan on being confused about certain verses. Know that you will have to pause in the middle of your study for something-or-another.Bible Study doesn’t need to be perfect to be God-honoring. #BibleStudy #ReviveBibleChallenge Click To Tweet
It’s not about getting all the right answers or filling in every blank.
Rather, it’s about doing it. Digging in. Opening the Word. Seeking after Christ.
So, knowing that our Bible Study will not be perfect, we commit to trying anyway.
The key here is the word commit, because one of our greatest excuses for all of life is that we’re too busy.
“I feel like I give so much of myself to the other areas of life that I have nothing left to give to God.”
At the risk of sounding mean, I’m going to type the following:
There is always time for God when we make time.
My friend, that means that if you’re claiming busyness and prioritizing other activities over seeking God, it is your fault and your fault alone.
We have got to commit.
Set your alarm 10 or 20 minutes earlier. That’s enough, and it shows yourself that you are committed.
An Invitation to Commit
If you’re ready to commit to overcoming stagnant faith, I encourage you to sign up for a FREE 5-Day Challenge I’m hosting called Revive Your Bible Study. It will equip you with encouragement, practical skills, and follow-through so that you can dive into Bible Study confident of your effort.
You can find out all of the details about the challenge here, or simply sign up below to get started!
Remember, friend: you cannot engage with Bible Study perfectly, but you can commit to trying anyway.
For encouragement along the way, join the challenge. I’ll walk beside you for 5-days, and provide you with an opportunity for follow-through!
I’m excited and I pray you are too.
Let’s commit together.
Join the 5-Day Bible Study Challenge!