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Do you ever get the sense your faith is on autopilot? I’m talking about those times where you know what you believe, and you truly do believe it, but it feels a little more like going through the motions, rather than a key part of your life that is dynamic and undeniably active.
I’ve been convicted of this recently as life seems to get more and more busy, I find myself trying to get through the tasks at hand rather than seeing my life truly as an opportunity to know and glorify my Creator.
We have been reading through 2 Kings this week, and in there it is also easy to get lost in the sea of kings and people disobeying God, building altars to other idols, and trying to defend their home from the surrounding empires and overall wrath of God. In light of all the drama and chaos, it was all the more refreshing when we got to 2 Kings 18.
“In the third year of Hoshea, son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign…He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord…Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him, among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow him…”
2 Kings 18: 1, 3, 5-6 NIV
As we began this chapter, it caught me off guard. Though many parts of the Old Testament are infamous for showing us the ways our hearts are prone to wander like the Israelites, not all of the stories go this way.
I love the language in this verse as well, “There was no one like him.” How beautiful. This sounds nothing like my going-through-the-motions faith, Hezekiah’s faith was something that set him apart, and his dedication to the Lord and His commandments motivated everything he did as king of Judah.
What would it look like if my faith were like that? If I was like no other human in my country, in my occupation, in my neighborhood, [insert your particular context here], simply because I held fast to the Lord “and did not cease to follow him.”
This was an inspiring image for me to fix my gaze upon because I think this is what God has for all of us. He created each of us with our unique situations, talents and gifts, but all of us were meant to wrap our lives around Him and to use whatever He has given us to glorify Him. It is easy for me to get caught up in the details of doing this and finishing that, and all of my tasks feel so important, but is that really the point? Do I want to be known for finishing my to do list each day, or do I want to be known for Who I followed after each day?
Last weekend, the leadership at our church got together to discuss where we were going as a church and we revisited the mission and the vision we had as a branch of Christ’s body in Lusaka, Zambia.
I got to learn more about the unique history of our church that started as a few couples from a ballroom dancing class that began discovering Jesus together and just kept deciding to meet again. Fifteen years later it is quite a different group of people, but we are still meeting as Lusaka Community Church.
What was interesting though when we were revisiting the mission and vision, was that it didn’t state the central purpose for us gathering each week, to center ourselves on Christ. We all knew that was the reason we were all gathered as leaders, and it was also why we gather each week at church, twice a month as youth, and once a week as ladies and/or home groups. Even though we could easily operate on the principle automatically, our group knew that there is power in stating God’s name in our purpose.
Just like the account of Hezekiah’s rule began with stating his foundation built on dedication to the Lord, so we also wanted our church to state this as our purpose from the very beginning. Many of the other things Hezekiah did were important during the time, but this is what I remember when I look back on his story in a book amongst many others. And so too, I also want to purposefully proclaim Christ in my life. It is not worth it to live on autopilot.
What does this mean for you and your situation today, right now? Journey with me to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord on purpose…May we remove the things of this life that get in the way, including the distractions that make us want to hit autopilot. May we hold fast to the Lord and live within the shadow of His grace and promises for us. Let us be know as women who followed after the Lord like no other women of our generation.