Growing up as a little girl I reminisce on times that brought me greatest happiness and comfort…being in my daddy’s arms. Where he went, my small footsteps followed. What he did, I mimicked. Where he rested, I wanted to hear his heart beat. Calling me a daddy’s girl, well…probably a huge understatement. My reasoning was simple. I loved him, but most importantly he loved me…
Fast forward to 2016. It’s a new year and we all have our improbable list of “resolutions” and desires for change in different areas of our lives. One challenge that I have committed to is what I want to share with you.
This is not a resolution. This is not seasonal.
This is a willingness and a desire to go from inconsistency to consistency in daily devotion to the Lord. Let me go further. The questions that stir my mind and heart is this…What is the rhythm of your pace? What is the cadence of your heart for 2016? Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” To delight means to “enjoy.” To enjoy you have to come close. To come close you have to be consistent.
Your greatest place of joy and purpose as a Believer is found in the steady pace of private devotion to Christ. Your heartbeat is to be in rhythm with the daily Word of God.
Think about Peter in the Bible when he disowns and denies Jesus. Luke 22:54 states, ” Then seizing him (Jesus), they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance.”
…Peter followed at a distance…
Peter followed Christ close enough to show concern for the Lord, but far enough to avoid danger. “He followed close enough to satisfy his conscience, but far enough to save his reputation.” (Henry). I have found myself in Peter’s shoes. Close enough to feel better, but far enough away to avoid real transformation. We follow close enough to call ourselves Christian, but far enough to blend in with culture. The highest standard God wants from us is simply to…Come. Close. How close are you to the Lord? How much of Him do you want?
The repetitious is not spectacular. Yet, when we come close to Jesus, we find Him spectacular and awe inspiring. He is calling us to be consistent seekers, Godchasers, and lovers of His presence. He simply wants us to be. As a daughter or son of our Father, we should be in His arms, walking where He leads, doing what He does, listening to His heartbeat. My pace should be His pace. My heartbeat should be His rhythm. This is difficult and challenging, but every answer to our questions and difficulties in life can be found in the resting place of Jesus Christ. I love how the story to Peter’s denial doesn’t end there.
“The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me? Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” (John 21:17)
We know when we are “Close” to God when our life flows over and impacts our sphere of influence. We were never meant to transform for the sake of selfish ambition, but to make a difference in the people and places around us. Jesus told Peter to feed his sheep. He is telling us to do the same today. God gave Peter grace to start again. If we are not where we want to be…there is grace to focus again on the ONE thing that will change our lives…Jesus. No matter what, it’s never too late to begin again.
My prayer is that our pace becomes a steady consistent devotion to the Lord. When we trust in His Word, He will do things for us we cannot do in our own striving and work. You don’t have to “work” when you are “flowing in the River.” Ephesians 1:17, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Let’s know Him better than ever. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!
By: Steffany Gretzinger and Amanda Cook
Steady heart that keeps on going
Steady love that keeps on hoping
Lead me on
Steady grace that keeps forgiving
Steady faith that keeps believing
Lead me on
You are faithful, You will lead me
You are faithful, You will keep me