I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:14, KJV
At Teen Extreme last week, this was our camp verse to go with the theme, Driven. What a perfect verse for a reviving week of camp!
As Christians and humans, it is so easy to fall into a habitual spiritual life. You can read your Bible and pray every single day. You can consistently go to church and fellowship with Christian friends. You can even go soulwinning every Saturday morning. That all sounds like evidence of an A+ Christian, right?
But are you driven?
Personally, even if I’m doing all the right things, like I mentioned above, I can drift into a lukewarm state of mind. Living for God becomes old hat.
I don’t get much out of my devotions, and later that day I can’t remember what I studied. I’m not open to learning anything new from church. I ignore the meaning of the words in my Christian music. All this can be so easy to do! It’s easy to stop being driven.
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But how do I keep pressing toward the mark? Well, the night before camp, I heard a sermon on a similar subject, and I began to do some things the speaker suggested.
- Remember to ask for the Holy Spirit’s leading. Always, before a sermon or devotions or anything, ask that God speaks to you! If you truly want to grow and be driven, he’s not going to hold back.
- Keep a Holy Spirit journal. Humans are forgetful. “That was such a good message! But… What was it on?” Ever thought that before? Keep a notebook with you (or a notebook app) and write down what the Holy Spirit says to you. Then, pray that God will help you in those areas.
It is impossible to stay driven on your own, so give God opportunities every day to motivate you! He will!
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.– 2 Corinthians 4:16, KJV
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2, KJV
What verses do you use to stay driven?