Crossroads Fellowship

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Times of Deep Despair

As we sat in our small group last night studying Experiencing God we were looking at the crisis of belief. Not the crisis of belief when we initially come to faith in Jesus Christ, but that crisis of belief that happens each time God calls us to do something that is God-sized, that we can not do without him showing up and taking over. As we talked about this we all kind of came to a place where we were talking about the times when we just feel like it is all so pointless. Where we ask ourselves why should there be so much suffering, why do things have to go bad sometimes, why are things not always just better and better for us. We ALL admitted that there had been times in our walk with the Lord where we had went through deep moments of despair, where we faced a real crisis of belief.

That is when the Lord brought to mind the Colossians 3:1,2 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

As we pondered this the Lord brought this to mind. Two simple questions that are so profound that they just might knock your socks off. Things that if our mindset changed to reflect the truths contained therein that those moments of despair might vanish in an instant.

1. When you originally came to Christ did you come to him to fix your broken life.....or your broken eternity? Your broken life with all its problems is an earthly thing, your broken eternity is a thing above where your life, after Christ, is hid with Christ in God. (Col 3:3) If it is about your broken life and not your broken eternity isn't your focus in the wrong place?

2. If this is all Christ has for you, meaning if where you are at in life right now, with the people you are with, serving God the way you are currently serving him, if that is all he has for you....can you be content and rest in it?

The bottom line is that we must be faithful with the small things that God has given us, for Jesus said he who is faithful in little will be faithful in much, and likewise with the faithless. When we are faithful with those things, content in serving the Lord, then and only then, can we be entrusted with ever more of the riches of the Kingdom.

Please don't comment on this post immediately, but instead give it time to sink in and just meditate on those scriptures from Colossians.


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