Church…blah, blah, blah.
Bible study…blah, blah, blah.
Prayer…blah, blah, blah.
Worship…blah, blah, blah.
Quiet time…blah, blah, blah.
Do you ever feel like you’re living a blah spiritual life?
I definitely do. I’ve been a Christian since I was a little girl, so I’ve learned how I should act and what I should do as a Christian.
But sometimes I feel tired of doing the “right” things.
If you’ve been saved for a while, you know exactly how I feel. You probably feel (or have felt) like you’re walking on a spiritual desert. Maybe you’ve even felt that way for years. Maybe you feel distant from Jesus, but you can’t understand why you lack devotion to Him because He is the only One who loved you enough to die for you.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: our feelings often don’t make sense. In fact, they’re extremely unreliable. I’ve felt far from God for much of my Christian life, but that doesn’t mean He has been far from me. And just because you feel far from God doesn’t mean you are far from Him.
We know the right things to do. We know that we’re supposed to take communion, attend church, fellowship with other believers, worship, serve others, study the Bible, pray, and memorize Scripture. But inside, many of us feel spiritually dry—and maybe even spiritually dead.
It’s okay. I promise you’re not spiritually dead if you’re saved.
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:8-11 NASB)
You may be spiritually dry, but you aren’t spiritually dead because of Christ’s death and resurrection. As a Christian, you will experience times of feeling far from God and feeling spiritually dry.
There are many reasons why you might feel this way. Perhaps you’ve been following your own desires, rather than God’s will. Maybe you haven’t been seeking God as diligently as you should be.
Or maybe you can’t figure out why He feels so far away.
Friend, it doesn’t matter whether we’re on a spiritual high or a spiritual low. We need to keep doing what God tells us to do.
Honestly, I often feel like I don’t get anything out of going to church, worshipping, praying, or reading the Bible. I sometimes feel like my prayers are bouncing off the ceiling and that I’m singing to a silent Savior. I’m tempted to think that something is wrong with my church because I don’t feel like I’m growing.
But living the Christian life isn’t supposed to give us something because we already have everything we need. After all, Christ already gave us Himself. Now we’re supposed to give Him something—our devotion and our obedience. He doesn’t need these things from us, but He deserves them.
I know I’ve said a lot so far…So I just want you to remember one thing (if nothing else) from this post: Stick with it. Keep doing the right thing.
Your feelings will fail you, but your Savior won’t. Your heart may be weary, but His is strong. He wants to have a close relationship with you. But He can’t have that if you give up on Him.
Draw close to God, my friend. He’s not far away.
This post was originally published as The Christian Blahs on April 1, 2017. You can find the original post here.