Paying the rent

When we begin to find our satisfaction in God things like prayer, fasting, and giving become less of a burden. They are no longer the means by which we pay the rent, spiritually. They are the means by which we find greater intimacy and satisfaction. If you find that spiritual disciplines are a heavy yoke for you as I did for many years you must ask yourself soberly, “where do I find my true satisfaction?”. For me, I found that in theory my allegiance was with Christ but practically my satisfaction was lived out everyday through everything but him. For many years while in college and early adulthood my satisfaction was lived out more through Netflix, video games, and cheeseburgers than king of all kings! This is not to say that we cannot enjoy things God has given us but there is a big difference between enjoying something and finding our rest in it. So, when we find our rest in God does that mean every day is made of fluffy clouds and rainbows? Certainly not! When someone runs a marathon they get the title at the end of 26.2 miles. But 26.2 miles wouldn’t be anything without every blistering individual mile. And all these miles wouldn’t be anything without all the training, dieting, and planning one does to prepare for it. The satisfied Christian is not one who uses sacrifice to gain favor with God but to grow closer to God. And ultimately, we know that this, to know God, is the essence of life (John 17:3). 

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