I am in a season of life where I am just trying to stay afloat. Each day new challenges and anxieties overcome my life, and to be honest I’m barely keeping my head above water. I look back on these last six months and remember all the Lord has done in me. However, it has also been a roller coaster of trials and temptations. There are many times where I could have come up for air and soaked in the sweet breath of Jesus. Instead I let my stubborn self continue to tread all on my own.
With summer around the corner, I find myself reminiscing back to when I first learned how to swim. My brother and I joined swimming lessons at a young age…let’s just say I basically learned how to float. A simple swimming technique learned by almost everyone was extremely difficult for me. I couldn’t get the rhythm down, I found myself wanting to constantly come up for air, but was too stubborn to stop and ask for help even though I made no head way across the pool. After failure on day one, I quit because I was too embarrassed to return.
This analogy of staying afloat was placed on my heart when thinking of the life of Paul. In studying Paul’s walk with God, we learn anyone can be used for God’s kingdom. Yes, it is possible someone with a daunting past can be used entirely for God’s glory. The bible reflects Paul as “sold out” for Jesus. He takes his trials and tribulations like a champ.While in prison, instead of feeling alone and using his own strength to “stay afloat”, he comes up for a breath of fresh air, leaning into Jesus, confident the Lord will get him across his pool.
“Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.”
Paul writes the scripture above as he sits in prison, yet he still praises God, sharing the Good News. Through all of Paul’s hardships and suffering, he knows what resting in the hope of Jesus means. His faith boldly proclaims Jesus was the Lord of his life and nothing would come between them. He also know he can’t swim through life on his own and that there will be times when he will need to come up for air and let Jesus take the lead.
Paul trusts God with everything and in every situation. He is “sold out” for Christ.
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Today I ask you to join me and truly ask yourself, can I make this claim over my life? Am I sold out for Jesus like Paul, or will I choose to stay afloat in my own struggles?
When life gets hard, will I continue to get by on my own, or will I choose to breathe in the air and light of Jesus?
Will I quit fighting and let Him guide me across the pool?
I know there will be struggles along the way, and I know it won’t always be easy, but I would rather be “sold out” for Christ like Paul in the process. It’s much better to walk with Him instead of feeling alone and tired of always trying to stay afloat. It’s not too late to trust God with all areas of your life.
Join me and let go of pride and be “sold out” like Paul so you can truly live a life of freedom and joy and allow God to meet all of your needs.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
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