This is the craziest title I've ever come up with for anything. Of course we need Jesus. Not only for the forever department, but in every moment of every day.
Trouble is, in our daily routine, we can so easily forget our need of him. Instead, it's "where's the cheapest gas in town", "will so and so like me more if I do this", I really want the orange case, but if I buy the Product Red case, a percentage goes to Bono's AIDS charity".
The Bible calls it lukewarmness in Revelation 3. Our words today are apathy, comfort zone, and inside the box.
Life for many is pretty good - or at least good enough. So we spend our efforts making sure we don't fall behind, and maybe finding that shortcut no one else knows about to get ahead just a little.
Hebrews 13.5 reports God as saying "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." And when we hit the brick wall, and when we run out of our own solutions - it's comforting to know God is there.
But what if our regular, comfortable daily lives, had some way of remembering God's awesomeness? We need that.
Here are a few tips to remember Jesus' awesomeness in our daily lives:
- Get uncomfortable! If it's cold outside, run out, and pray without shoes or without a coat! Your prayer will take on a real sense of urgency. If it's raining... If a skunk has done it's thing nearby... you get the picture!
- Get involved in relieving someone else misery. No one comes back from a short term mission trip, or feeding the homeless, or attending an AA meeting with a friend feeling apathetic.
- Listen. Just listen. Don't solve. Just listen to someone's cry, pain, journey. Then ask Jesus, with expectation, to enter this persons life/issue.
- Instead of just reading a good devotional or book (very comfortable), try learning a Bible verse till you can recite it. It ups the anti - especially if you are older, and have not formally studied for a while.
- Stop praying that things get solved, or disappear. Pray that you learn and grow. Then get of your knees and live - expecting God to answer.