Brush your teeth! Take a bath! Wash your butt! Wash your face with the other hand! Parental instructions for all children. Many times a child does not want to stay clean but a parent says, “Do it anyway!” There are certain activities/habits that by nature have good results. If you do them even when you do not feel like it, they have good results. On the flip side, they have none or few negative results. I guess taking a bath might be bad if you are in the jungle filled with wild animals that salivate at the smell of human cleanliness, but for the most part “Do it anyway!”
There are times when we don’t want to do the “hard” work of Christianity. There are times we don’t want to pray. There are times we don’t want to read the Bible. There are times when we don’t want to be part of a faith family (local church). There are times I don’t want to help the needed or use my spiritual gift. DO IT ANYWAY!
What could the negative results be from prayer, reading your Bible, participating with a faith family? What could be wrong with using your spiritual gift?
I have told people before to “fake it”. Now, there are those who would counsel against this but I believe their are spiritual disciplines that we don’t leave to feelings (insert Freddy Fender song feelings here). When we pray we can be honest with God. You can start with, “I don’t want to pray but….” Psalm 22 starts with, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me!” Spend time reading the Bible. Just look for small nuggets that apply to where you are. Don’t rely on your feelings to do right. Just, “Do it anyway!”
Please Read Yesterday’s Post if you have not. I Long for God, But I Do Not Want to Strive For It