How do I invest?
My husband loves to BBQ. In fact, Hobbie’s Competition BBQ Team is comprised of my husband, his dad, and his 2 uncles and they love it! Obsessed might be the right word when it comes them finding the best flavor profile and tenderness. They practice, they spend hours discussing techniques, and they have even paid to go to ‘schools’ to get more educated in the science of BBQ methods. Just last night while I sat reading my book, Gary was watching some video about Boston Butts.
What I’ve observed is that people love to invest in the areas of life that interests them be it BBQ, farming, cars, exercise, cooking, etc. People invest time, money and effort into learning more about what they love and they are glad to do it. This also explains why high school teachers have such challenging jobs because students are asked to learn about many subjects- the ones they like and the ones they don’t. Yet when someone discovers what they love, they are engaged in the learning willingly.
The same is true in walking with Christ. If we haven’t fallen madly in love with our Savior yet call ourselves a Christian, then something is missing in our walk. How do we know if this is the case in ourselves? Simple… Do we like hobby-enthusiasts gladly invest our time, money and energy into learning more about our God? Do we have a desire to know all there is to know about God just as the BBQ team is on a quest to learn all the spices, techniques, and methods to improve?
In Exodus 33, we find great insights into walking with God as we look at his relationship with Moses. To begin with, the two were very close.
“The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.” Exodus 33:11
Later Moses said-
“You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.” Exodus 33:12-13
Even Moses who was as close to God as anyone has ever been wanted to know God more. He loved God so much, he wanted more! I wonder if the same could be said of us today… are we happy with where we are, with our church habits, and our prayers at mealtime… or do we desire more? We gladly invest in the hobbies and special interests we have… but is knowing God more fully on the list?
Lord, what an important if difficult reflection you have called us to make this Monday morning. Yet this challenge to stop and look deeply at ourselves is just what we need to do to keep moving forward in our walk with you. Lord, I want to know you more yet I want this to be more than words I utter… I want my actions to demonstrate my desire. Guide me. Make your self-known to me more fully, I pray. Amen!