I fear the comfortable life. My culture is telling me that I should seek comfort and pleasure in cars, homes, technology, vacations and various other artifacts of American culture. Then I read stories of men and women in the Bible who followed God into places that were by no means comfortable. If anything Scripture shows that when people or nations became comfortable in their stuff, they were sliding away from God. King David got comfortable at home and didn’t want to mess with the danger of war, so he didn’t suit up with his fellow warriors. In his comfortableness he gave into the temptation of the desperate housewife next door.
In my own spiritual life, the opposite of seeking the comfortable lifestyle is stepping out into dangerous obedience. It is seeking God daily so that I can hear what he is whispering to me. Then it is believing in the power and provision of God to step out in obedience.
For the next few weeks, I want to take you on a journey through Scripture and learn from some of the overlooked stories of dangerous obedience. My hope is that your faith is challenged and that you experience what it is like to step out in faith and live the adventure that God has planned for us!
Here’s a little inspiration from Indiana Jones
This week I am taking some time to give dads some tools for leading their families spiritually. I will use rooms of a house to describe the different ways that we need to lead. Today is “The Garage.”
For some men the garage is the place that we call home. It is our escape, our man cave. We go to recharge and get some alone time. We need time to be alone with our tools and hobbies but we also need alone time with the Lord. As men we need to start “manning up” in our own spiritual development. We cannot lead our families until we are walking with the Lord personally. But how do we do this? Here are some simple starting places in walking closer with the Lord. They are simple yet it is the simple things we have a hard time doing.
Schedule Time with God
If you are anything like me, if you don’t schedule it, then it won’t happen. Find a time in your day when you can stop everything and find a quiet place to be alone with God. It might be in the morning before the rush of the day or during lunch when you can get out of the office. Start small by scheduling 15 minutes to be alone with God.
Talk to God
Move away from trying to sound religious or use the “right words” and just talk to God. Throughout the Psalms David is brutally honest with God and uses some pretty colorful language. God just wants to hear what is on our minds not flowery religious language.
Spend Time Reading God’s Word
YouVersion.com has some great Bible reading plans for every stage of spiritual development. If you like technology, download the YouVersion app for your cell phone or iDevice. It is a great app for reading multiple versions of the Bible. Before you jump into reading, ask God to show you what he wants you to learn. As you read look for ways that the principles might be applied to your daily life. How does what I am reading change how I should live my life today?
Most likely, you have heard this advice before, but are you following it? These are the first steps but if we follow them, we will experience God in new ways. This will give us the energy and insight we need to begin to be spiritual leaders in our home.
Check back tomorrow for the next room in the house, “The Kitchen.” I think I might even cover “The Bedroom” in the next few days. Men always want to get to that room.