We are drawn to the sensational. We love memories of significant moments and to be sure there are key moments that define our lives, or at least have the potential to. Most of us who have grown up in church have fond memories of summer camps or conferences that we look back on. The moments that challenge us, where we encountered God and left never the same.
Yet, we are also aware that most of the time those moments weren’t as life-changing as we thought. They ignited a passion inside of us for change, that within a few weeks or even days of returning to our normal routines had completely dissipated. That’s because true life-changing moments are not the big memorable moments. It’s the small moments, the small choices made consistently that mark our character.
Anyone can have an “altar experience” a moment when confronted with the truth of God’s Word, where the Father draws us and compels us to surrender ourselves to His ways, leaving our old life behind. Yet, that moment does not change you. Rather, it gives you the opportunity to change. It’s what you do when you leave the altar that truly is life transformative.
There is a story in 2 Kings chapter 5 that I love. Naaman has leprosy and travels to see the prophet Elisha in hopes of a cure. Naaman was considered an important man, yet Elisha doesn’t come to meet him, instead, sending a messenger instructing him to bathe seven times in a dirty river. Naaman is incensed.
2 Kings 5:13 (NLT) But his officers tried to reason with him and said, “Sir, if the prophet had told you to do something very difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply, ‘Go and wash and be cured!’”
Naaman was prepared to do something big and worthy of his station, but he was initially unwilling to do something so small and seemingly insignificant. How many times are we the same way? We have a great need from God and we pray for a miraculous moment. We need direction so we pray for divine revelation. We don’t know where to turn so we pray for divine intervention. We are often looking for big moments from our great God.
Could it be that more often God is looking for us to do something seemingly insignificant? I believe the insignificant done consistently will transform your life more than any big moment ever could. Consistent prayer and time studying God’s Word will change your life. the reason we struggle to be consistent is that we want instant results. We want to have some huge emotional experience. We want to suddenly have that lightning bolt of revelation. Those moments may come, but rarely do they come right away. True passion of pursuit is displayed over time.
This principle is the same reason many give up on their new year’s resolution to get in shape. We expect a few hard workouts at the beginning of the year to have unreal results and after a few weeks of being sore, seeing no results, we lose motivation. Physical growth and spiritual growth are not so different. It’s the consistent who see results.
I challenge you today the same way I challenge myself. Where have I become inconsistent in my daily pursuit? How often have I prayed this past week? How often did I engage in God’s Word? I believe “How often” is more important than “how long”. Start small and consistent. You can increase the length as you become more consistent.
I don’t know what you are looking for in your walk with God, what you great need is, but I am confident God can and will meet that need. Just don’t give up. Keep praying. Keep investing in your relationship with God. Keep studying His Word. Life change is not found in the big memorable moment, but rather the small everyday decision to pursue Jesus.
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