Do you ever feel spiritually dry?
“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight…
Cleanse me…and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice…
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
Psalm 51:3-4, 7-12
Tears come to my eyes now as I read that passage over again. How awesome is the message that these verses speak? I have felt this exact way: I have seen my lack of desire and have felt as though I was a well about to run dry. With the feeling that I didn’t have much left to give from the tired and broken heart–run down by my own sins and the brokenness of this world–I felt less motivated to pursue the Lord. Just as the members of Casting Crowns sing, “It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away.” As a result, I began to drift.
I know that I’m only 20 years old, but even from what I’ve experienced so far, I do know this: following Christ is not about what we can do for Him. It’s not even about what we will bring to the body of Christ. Following Christ is all about falling head over heels in love with our Savior and living from the overflow of His love within us. If we rely on our abilities or on the love we receive from others, we will run dry and the confidence of our faith will falter. Instead, we must rely on God alone to restore us. At that time, we will realize the truth that restoration will come again through experiencing the joy of salvation! (I write about this joy later 😉 )
As we near closer and closer to Christmas, I hope that we will all examine our hearts. Have you felt spiritually dry and in need of restoration? Maybe in this Christmas season, the focus should not be on gifts and parties, etc, but rather, it should be on celebrating the life of our Savior–the Lover of our souls. This Christmas season and beyond, I hope we will all bear witness to the glory of God, the love He displayed through the death of His Son, and how He cleanses us as white as snow. Only He can create in us a pure heart and sustain us through the gift of His Holy Spirit. Only He can restore us us the joy of salvation…
Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,