Have you ever had a tough time waking up? I know I have, especially when it is Saturday morning, and I know I don’t have to rush out of bed and get ready to go somewhere. The problem is, sometimes when I feel lazy, I end up wandering around doing nothing significant, and before I know it, the day got ahead of me and I am still wearing my pajamas and it is almost dinnertime.
Or maybe you have experienced what my son encountered this past weekend.
He had been away for a couple weeks and had not driven his car. When he came back into town, he discovered his car wouldn’t start and he needed to get it jumped started.
Inactivity has a way of making us “stuck” and needing a jump start to get motivated again. It can creep in at the most unexpected times. The definition of inactivity is idleness; reluctance to take action. Being idle is a choice to not take any action.
It is good for all of us to unplug and get refreshed. The difference is knowing when to recharge our batteries and when to get back to running the race God has for us. We are reminded to run with patient endurance and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us (see Hebrews 12:1). Even Jesus took time to get recharged and pray, but this was an intentional choice and decision. He knew He needed to do both in order to fully accomplish God’s will.
While Jesus was on this earth, He sought God and chose to fulfill His God-given purpose. His prayer was “Not my will but yours be done” (See Luke 22:42).
Jesus can be our model and inspiration. He was far from passive or idle. He actively sought and lived out the will of God and resisted the pressure to do otherwise. Just look at all the descriptive words that attribute to Jesus—He saves, He heals, and He delivers to name a few—these statements reveal He is active.
We are created in His image (see Genesis 1:27) and told to imitate Him (see Ephesians 5:1), so it is reasonable to assume that we are also capable of being alert and active.
The choice is ours to make. We can either choose wisely to live life “on purpose” and become active and alert or we can use our free will to sit inactive and idle away our life.
Choose to stir yourselves up (2 Timothy 1:6)
Choose to resist the temptation to be inactive, idling away your time (see Proverbs 12:11).
Choose to actively pursue God’s will. (See Proverbs 3:6)
Choose to spend time in prayer (see Ephesians 6:18)
Choose to study God’s Word regularly (see Joshua 1:8)
Choose to grow spiritually and learn how to make right decisions (see Proverbs 2:9).
Choose to become a person who is alert and active (see 1 Peter 5:8).
Proverbs 31:31. “Celebrate all she has achieved. Let all her accomplishments publicly praise her.”