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Help, I'm Stuck!

DSC_0553-Jeff_Robinett_blog_portraitHave you ever felt stuck as a Christian…like you weren’t growing anymore? It happens to all of us from time to time…even pastors. It’s normal to have moments when you sense your faith isn’t progressing as it should.

A while back, I discovered four questions to ask when I’m in this position. They help me pinpoint areas of focus that will get me back on track.

1. Am I worshipping freely?

Does worship flow naturally and generously from my heart? Or, have I allowed something to come between God and me? Bitterness, envy and offense are just a few things that can cause our worship to feel cold and coerced.

When stuck in this area, Jesus said confession and repentance are the answer:

“…leave your gift before the altar, go to your brother, repent and forgive one another, be reconciled, and then return to offer your gift to God.”

– Matthew 5:24 (VOICE)

2. Am I sharing Christ passionately?

Many years ago Kristi and I were shopping with our kids. We suddenly noticed our two-year-old was missing. In an instant, finding her became our top priority. Without delay I asked store employees for help. Our top priority became their top priority. They stopped what they were doing and began looking everywhere.

Thankfully, we found her playing in front of a mirror a few minutes later. Everyone was happy when she was located!

That’s a great example of how God wants us to live. His top priority is finding his lost kids. It is so important Jesus even told a story to illustrate:

“Wouldn’t every single one of you, if you have 100 sheep and lose one, leave the 99 in their grazing lands and go out searching for the lost sheep until you find it? When you find the lost sheep, wouldn’t you hoist it up on your shoulders, feeling wonderful?”

– Luke 15:3-5 (VOICE)

God wants us to be members of his search party. Making his priority our priority brings purpose to life and builds your faith like nothing else can.

3. Am I connecting regularly?

Be devoted to one another in love.

– Romans 12:10 (NIV)

I love this verse because it challenges me. I’m sometimes tempted to focus on myself instead of others. Over the years I’ve come to understand that living for myself leads to disconnection. When I behave selfishly, I don’t want to be around people…and people don’t want to be around me. I end up alone…and lonely.

When we’re “devoted to one another,” we put other people ahead of ourselves. Our thoughts and actions are centered on them. We share our gifts and talents, and we’re present in their lives.

Do you feel disconnected? Ask yourself who you’re really devoted to. If not others…I recommend a change!

4. Am I growing faithfully?

When the enemy can’t get us to give up on salvation, he’ll settle for us sitting and stagnating. He’ll try to prevent us from moving forward in our relationship with God.

Stagnation occurs for various reasons. Maybe moving forward is hard. Maybe it means surrender. That’s why evaluation is important.

Growth and progress are part of the Christian life. Salvation starts with an event, but it continues through ongoing development. Our Heavenly Father wants us to become more mature every day:

Let us stop going over the same old ground again and again, always teaching those first lessons about Christ. Let us go on instead to other things and become mature in our understanding, as strong Christians ought to be.

– Hebrews 6:1 (TLB)

 

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