I had a conversation with my chiropractor about trying to get off the couch and get moving. In my defense, I’m not on the couch but I spend my days in office chairs working or studying and in the recliner, rocking my sweet Joy. I know I need to get some exercise but, I complained, “I am so drained. I have no energy!” He told me that when we only use a small amount of energy every day, our body gets accustomed to that and eventually doesn’t demand any more of us. That is how a “couch potato” is created. But if we push past that low physical bar we have set, our body will begin to respond to the demand for additional energy and will build a greater energy reserve. That drives us to move and the more we move the more energy we gain. But we have to be determined to break the low-energy barrier.
In the same way, if we allow ourselves to become satisfied with just a little bit of God, we will never want more of Him. But if we push past that low spiritual bar we have set, everything changes. If we devote ourselves to studying His Word and fellowship with Him in prayer each day our hearts will begin to respond to Him more and more, and we will find that we can never get enough of Him. We will be filled with His love and His Spirit will give us new life and spiritual energy.
The Lord spoke through the prophet Jeremiah to the exiles in Babylon. He promised to return them to their homeland and restore what had been taken from them. Jeremiah 29:13 my life verse: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” The secret to overcoming those low spiritual reserves is to seek after God with our whole hearts. That’s not a quick glance in God’s direction. The words the prophet used are of the mind, will, and emotions fully dedicated to knowing and worshiping God. The beauty of this verse is in the promise in verse 14: “I will be found by you.” When we set our hearts to seek Him, He sets Himself in our path where we can’t miss Him.
Have you settled for a “couch-potato faith?” Are you ready for more? Put your whole heart into seeking God. He will move you into a deeper, richer, stronger faith. Come on, Beloved, let’s get moving!