It’s the Effort That Counts
I never thought that I would find myself writing a blog (and struggling to use the app)—but hey, quarantine has led to many surprises!
Despite my love and appreciation for the Bible, I have struggled for several years with gathering the incentive to dive into the Word. I have always understood the influence the Bible should have over a Christian’s life and the importance of reading it, though no matter how often I told myself to devote some time towards doing so, I rarely managed to live up to my word. Whenever I actually did as I said I would, it would only last for a few days before I found myself in the old situation.
With quarantine keeping me locked up inside with an abundance of free time, I finally made the decision to embark on a long, but certainly rewarding journey: attentively reading the entire Bible. Through some valuable self-reflection I found that this was a task I needed to complete, and I additionally realized that my relationship with God could use a little more effort. A faithful walk with Christ is not defined by being the most involved in church or living a “perfect”, sinless life. However, what a strong relationship with God does require is the effort you put into it.
John 15:5 (NIV) states, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Jesus calls for us to maintain a healthy and constantly active relationship with Him so that we may be used according to His perfect plan. If we do not put effort into that relationship, the bond ultimately weakens. Effort can look different for everyone. For some it could be praying more often, choosing to evaluate unhealthy friendships, or seeking God rather than what the world has to offer. For me, I can make an effort by actively engaging in God’s Word more often. Sometimes life can become busy and complications may arise, however, God understands that going the extra mile can benefit us more than we could ever imagine!