I’ve recently been reading Fully Alive by Ken Davis.
Ken describes the book this way, “This is the story of how I found my way back to the path of living fully alive after years of wandering. I’m not a stranger; I’m not an expert; I’m a fellow traveler. And I fall down a lot.”
Parts of Ken’s story have really struck home with me. One question he asked himself, in particular, got me thinking.
The Questions to Ponder
I’m going to ask the questions in my own way, but this is essentially what Ken was pondering:
- How has your life improved over the last year?
- How is your life different?
- Have you grown closer to Jesus?
- What evidence can you offer that you’ve really moved closer to Him?
I think these are crucial questions to ask yourself.
It is so easy to grow complacent in our relationship with Jesus. It is so easy to become stagnate.
That’s where I was not long ago.
I wasn’t really investing anything in my relationship with Him. All I was doing was attending church on Sunday.
I wasn’t in a small group. I wasn’t reading my Bible regularly. I wasn’t serving or trying to help others grow closer to Him.
In a relationship, you have to invest time. You have to get in step with the other person. You have to make an effort.
I wasn’t doing any of that.
I was wallowing in my addiction to comfort.
The Reasons I Sought Change
Similar to Ken, I want to live with zest. I want to get the most out of the time I have. I believe the only way to do this is by having an intimate, authentic relationship with Jesus.
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7 ESV
He is waiting to give me a full, satisfying life. Not one that is 100% trouble-free, but one that is nevertheless fulfilling in the deepest sense.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 ESV
Jesus has been waiting on me. He wants to have a relationship. I just need to do my part.
The questions above helped to wake me up. I’ve been making changes to draw closer to Him. It is already making a difference.
No more stagnation for me. I’m answering His knock at my door.
What about you? How has your relationship to Jesus fared in the last year? Leave a comment and let me know.