Walking is all about the everyday things. Bible class every day. Being filled with the Spirit every day. Applying what I have learned every day.
The hardest part about everyday things is that they are small and mundane. Huge important things don’t happen every day in our lives but the laundry does, the dishes, times of inaction as well. I get up and go about my daily routine, it’s filled with daily mundane tasks. The Lord doesn’t bring something new and exciting every day but He still has me alive on all the ordinary days. There are many days that I wonder what in the world I’m doing that could matter at all. I was just thinking today about that very same thing when I realized that the Lord Jesus lived roughly 30 years of regular probably routine life. Mind you, He did it perfectly. I was thinking how all of that daily faithfulness to His Father’s plan, living daily life and waiting, had to have been a preparation for the three years of His active ministry and eventually the cross. The Bible says in prophecy that the Word was daily His delight. He would have gotten up every day and gone about His daily routine. He worked, ate, bathed and had times of inaction. We know He also was tempted in every way more than any of us but did not sin. He stayed obedient and faithful.
We have learned in Bible class how the little things matter. He who is faithful in a little will rule over much (Luke 19:17). If you apply doctrine over the very small stuff it will be easier when something much harder comes along. I find it interesting that I know how important each small moment can be and yet I still consider it unimportant in my daily walk. I still struggle most days to be content with the routine, with feeling like there is so much wasted time because I lack inspiration or motivation for greater accomplishments. It can’t just be the tasks themselves that matter, I know it must be the motivation behind it. I can’t seem to grab onto it. You will say to me “Do everything as unto the Lord” and I will completely agree. Yes. But I haven’t arrived there yet. I want to live moment by moment in occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ, in intimate fellowship and not just when things are going wrong. It’s easy to run to Him then. I want to live in occupation with Christ in the good and bad with consistent mental attitude. I haven’t arrived there yet. I don’t know how long that takes but the Bible says it is a reality for the mature believer. So, I keep on walking, going in and out of fellowship, rebounding a lot, applying doctrine when I see the opportunity, and going forward. Happily, I might add, even if I’m not all that I would like to be right now. I love my life but I know there is more to the spiritual life than I have right now.
The more doctrine I learn the more opportunities I get to apply. Maybe the spiritual life is like that. When you learn a little doctrine your opportunity to apply is in proportion to your capacity for relationship with God which is based on the amount of doctrine in the soul. When you have maximum doctrine in the soul then your capacity for relationship with God is deeper and stronger. The other cool thing that comes to mind is that the Lord has ultimate capacity for relationship with us. Experience is only limited on our end. He never changes in relationship to us. It is only that we have need of growth. Maybe that is why growth is commanded and prayed for in the Bible.
“Walking” in the Christian Way of life is a process and one I have a long way to go on. It’s a moment like this when I am vastly grateful for the grace and patience of God. He doesn’t seem to be in a hurry when it comes to my growth or my daily life. I think I’ll try to keep that in mind when I’m tempted to feel as though I’m passing through pointless portions of daily life.