What is the vibrant life?
It is stepping out of our comfort zone and sharing our faith, believing each person crosses our path for a reason.
It is having great stories to tell of how God is working in our lives.
It is reading our Bibles and being excited about new spiritual insights. God is showing us just what we need, the thing that hits the sweet spot of our soul!
It is praying and feeling the will of God spreading through the earth.
It is being quiet, and realizing that God is moving, not us.
It is being thankful, and living in the moment.
It is praising God for the little things that happen throughout the day.
It is feeling the waterfall of grace and love that is being poured on us.
It’s living in eager anticipation that God will answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness.
It is singing until we are bursting with the Spirit.
What is NOT is not the vibrant life?
It is not being comfortable. If we have a comfortable religious life we’ll always come back to the feeling that something is missing, something feels off. As the Bible says in II Tim 3:5, we’ll have a form of godliness but deny its power.
We’ll become stuck in a spiritual lethargy, not doing what we should because we’re afraid, and doubtful. And the more we don’t do what we should, the worse we feel about ourselves.
We’ll become inward focused, not sharing our faith or having deep relationships.
We won’t deal with our inner selves, our sin, our insecurities and our discontent.
And so we’ll medicate and numb ourselves with the media, with buying things, with busyness, with jobs and hobbies.
We’ll tell ourselves that we’re good people, that we’re still doing things for God, that we’re doing our best to get by, that we’re not perfect, that we have to look on the bright side.
But all the while, we’re missing the vibrant life. We don’t feel significant. We don’t feel loved. We don’t feel like we’re a part of something bigger than ourselves. We don’t feel the sparks of excitement about seeing God at work.
This was true for me. I wasn’t sharing my faith or being outward focused. I got lost in daily pursuits. I felt dull and squishy.
On the outside, I might have looked like the countless religious people around me — going to church, talking about how great God is, trying to live my life for Him. But I would go to bed at night feeling empty, wondering what it was all for. I was lonely for deep connections. I felt stuck in a pattern of mediocrity.
Thank God that He gives us the opportunity to break free!
And my heartfelt goal now is to help others to get unstuck, and live a vibrant life for God. They think they are happy, but I know better. I was there.
One book I really love is “If You Want To Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat” by John Ortburg. We need to be walking on water, becoming all we can be for Christ, and having Him work IMMEASURABLY more than all we could ask or imagine through us. It feels great. But we’re going to have to shake off the lethargy, look inside the secret places of our heart and repent, and step out on faith.
Let’s do it today! Find someone to encourage you in this. It’s hard to do it alone. Pray for me, that I can continue to do this for the rest of my life! That I can be like Joshua, just as eager to enter the battlefield at the age of 80 as he was in his youth.
Let’s share in the victory of the vibrant life together! To God be the glory forever.