It’s Not Enough To Just Survive

Imagine, for just a second, that you were barely surviving through this experience we call life.  Each day is a struggle to locate the necessities; food, water, and shelter.  You are in a constant state of fear because you don’t know where your next meal will come from, if you will be safe enough to sleep at night, or if someone stronger than you will take what little you have, or kill you outright.  At times, you make it through the day by the kindness of a stranger, but more often than not you feed off the scraps that others have left behind.

Unfortunately, this is the fate of thousands throughout our cities who have been forced by bad luck, addiction, poverty, or choice to abandon the life of living to surviving day to day.

With many of us, our faith suffers this same fate.  Several years ago, while aboard the M/V Africa Mercy, I wrote briefly on the difference between surviving and living when it comes to our faith.

God doesn’t want us living out our faith trying to survive day by day, he has greater plans for us.  When the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon, God promised to deliver his chosen people back to him:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.  I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
– Jeremiah 29:11-14

We are assured that if we truly seek out a relationship with the Father, our cries will be answered.  It’s not a one way street.

Too many  of us are merely surviving in our faith, slowly starving but making it through day by day, week by  week.  We go to church every week.  We have our daily devotional when there is time.  We pray when times are rough.  We give thanks after we return from the extremes.  And, when we remember, we sit down and dive into the scriptures that outline our faith.

We are starving ourselves and merely surviving in our faith.

Have you ever wondered why God made us man and woman?

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created human beings in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them
– Genesis 1:26-27

Have you ever asked yourself why God made two human beings?  Why didn’t he just create one single being and call it a day?

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky.  He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.  So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.

But for Adam no suitable helper was found.  So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh.  Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

The man said,

This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
– Genesis 2:18-24

God created man and woman, male and female because we are created in the image of God.  In this image, we are created to be in relationship with one another.  We have been created to be in a relationship with God.

To truly live in our faith we must daily participate in this relationship with God.  We must foster this relationship in everything we do, from waking each morning to entering the realms of dreams at night.

This isn’t something that you  can check off your ‘to-do list’ once a day, but its a constant conversation that is ever-changing, ever developing through every action and inaction, through every spoken and unspoken word of the heart.

Living your faith is more than knowing about God, it’s about knowing God.

What makes us Followers of Christ is not that we know the scriptures and everything there is about religion, faith, and God, but that we live out the followings of the one we consider the Son of God.

It’s time to stop surviving and learn how to live life to the fullest through our relationship with God.

God Bless and PEACE


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