Emma found that she was lacking consistency in her spiritual life. She responded to the inconsistency by asking someone who had consistency in their life how they arrived there. She asked, she sought. Her seeking then led her to 1 Chronicles 28:9-10. She continued her reflection telling us:
“1 Chronicles 28:9-10 says,
9 “As for you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands the intention of every thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. 10 Realize now that the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong, and do it.”
I just want to challenge you all to take this head on with me and look at your goals and where you want your relationship with Christ to be. Let’s get with the person next to us and tell the Lord what we want to give Him and how we want to know Him more & deeper. As you do, take the time to ask him for strength, guidance, and encouragement.”
In my personal response to Emma’s challenge, two things came to mind. The first was the time that I spent living in an apartment complex of mostly Burmese refugees. I wanted to be part of the community but found after living there for a year that I had made pretty much zero progress. I felt convicted because the main idea behind moving there was to intentionally invest in the community. Working third shift had been my excuse but I realized that I would always have some sort of excuse. So I asked myself, if I wanted to be a member of this community, what was something reasonable and actionable I could do each day. What was something if I did it each day, after a month or two could result in becoming a member of the community? I landed on resolving to have a 5 minute conversation with someone from the apartment complex every day.
I’ll share more about my response next time. Until then,